Theology and Apologetics Roundtable: Remarks to the death of Osama Bin Laden

Monday, May 2, 2011

Remarks to the death of Osama Bin Laden

As the media have been covering the death of Osama Bin Laden the past two hours or so, I like many Americans rejoiced over hearing such news. Then it began to hit me. Although Bin Laden was public enemy #1 and not to overlook the horrific events that have happened under his leadership, there is no doubt this man is suffering hell's torment. I began to think. As a Christian, how can myself or anyone for that matter rejoice over this? I was reminded of Ezekiel 18:23 where the Lord says, Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord God, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?" 

What Osama Bin Laden did not only on September 11, 2001 but also over the past two decades, many could never conceive of the idea of showing mercy and forgiveness to such a tyrant. Yet, hear we have the King of kings and Lord of lords who says He takes no pleasure in such deaths...even the death of Osama Bin Laden. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that God isn't willing for anyone to perish but for all to come to repentance. It's so easy to get caught up in this American patriotism during this time over the reception of this news. I am in no way saying I'm not proud to be an American. I am. I am also at peace to see justice prevail. But as evangelical Christians, we have a different task. I believe Romans 12:1-21 is the task at hand for us.