Monday, May 2, 2011

The Death of Osama

As you are probably all aware Osama Bin Laden is dead. Reactions around the United States have ranged from disbelief to outright celebration to condemnation of the rejoicing. As I was reflecting on these events this morning (and watching my facebook feed filled with reactions across the spectrum) I had to consider what a Biblical reaction should be. Personally I have a sense of satisfaction and justice that he is gone. His brutal and wanton violence and murder earned him a swift death many times over. But I also am tempted to rejoice in his death, having worked in Washington D.C. shortly after the 9/11 attack for 4 months I lived with daily reminders of his evil. I was drawn to Romans 13 in an attempt to put my emotions in place regarding this.

Romans 13 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

I found this an excellent view of the news. It is Gods plan that the rulers of nations (and their instruments) be his instrument to mete out justice to those who do wrong. And at about 1:00 A.M. local time on May 2 those Navy Seals were God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

- Mr. G


  1. I struggled with what I should feel following yesterday's news as well. I was drawn to the Psalms, particularly Psalm 94:
    "O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up Thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud... Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off."

  2. I was rather disgusted with the general reaction. We looked no different than those we were fighting against, and we OUGHT to be different! LOVE thine enemy, Bless those that curse you, DO GOOD to those that hate you and dispitefully use you and persecute you...And IF you truly BELIEVE that someone is going to HELL, the ONLY thing you can feel is sorrow...I don't know how God will weigh his heart though.The Apostle Paul was a former terrorist!! Read his own accounting of his actions before King Agrippa! He had Jewish Christians stoned to death and worse...He didn't go to Hell! He BELIEVED while he was committing those attrocities that he was serving God! As did Osama. Mistaken he may have been, but God judges us by our hearts...