Osama bin Laden is dead.
How should Christians react?
With prayers of thanks to God for his justice ( Romans 13).
“Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.” (II Peter 3:9)
As a Christian, I am sorry he was lost and convinced so many others in his error… As a Christian I can also be glad that there may be some safer, easier to teach truth and potentially free now that he is gone…
…as in all things, prayerfully.
“The righteous shall rejoice when he see’s the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked. Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous, surely there is a God who judges the earth.” – Psalm 58:10-11. Osama is dead, let Godly men rejoice!
The same way they reacted when they learned that ****** was dead.
Prayer and petition.
What would Jesus do?? That’s the real question that only matters!
keep following the Living one! Christ!!
The Twitter world is ablaze tonight with commentary (in 140 characters!) about the subject. I do think there is something wrong with throwing a party to celebrate the death of an unsaved human being. On the other hand, the Hitler of our generation has been eliminated. Yes, we are to love our enemies. But by allowing this enemy to live, we are hating the thousands of innocent people whom he seeks to kill. He was beyond an “enemy” and was a menace. Another will take his place. For years I have prayed for the hearts of terrorists to be melted and to know the love of Christ. I still do. To destroy someone who is bent on killing thousands is not a rejection of the command to love our enemies, in my opinion.
Always with prayer…and looking forward with trust in God.
In Prayer of Thanksgiving and forgiveness
He was an evil man but I don’t like the thought of anyone spending eternity in Hell. No celebrating over his death tonight but praying for our leaders and soldiers.
I feel a lot like David when he wrote in the Psalms, speaking of God taking vengeance on his (David’s) enemies. Perhaps one specific passage might be Ps. 58:10-11
“‘The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.”
Prayer and a reminder that one should not rejoice over one’s death but rejoice in the Lord. Remember our troops in your prayers too!
Christians response should be with scripture — Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.
He was an evil man that CHOSE to harden his own heart. Repentance was available to him….hoping he did for his eternal sake.
His life is gone. His time to repent is over. His soul is lost. …but… Is it justice? Yes. Are the 911 Victims vindicated? Yes. Is it a good thing? Probably so…. but to celebrate? Perhaps a somber recognition would be more apropos…
proverbs 24:17 – Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice…
Ezekiel 18:23 – Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live. – too bad he didn’t turn.
He was responsible for the death for thousands. Justice has been served and an evil organization has lost its head. His death may save the lives of future innocent victims and hopefully bring peace sooner.
Happy, 9/11 sad…We deserve both, Happy he is gone and SAD for 9/11. Justice has surely been served!
Friends or enemies alike, it is always sorrowful if they die without Christ.
People have been praying for his repentance for nine and a half years. His chance wasn’t taken from him, he turned Him down.
In my opinion we christians should spend time in somber, prayerful, rememberance of the lives lost, the lives ruined, the lives willingly sacrificed fighting for those living under opression, and for freedom and the ability to worship freely, and vote freely.
I am glad he is dead! He was a murdering lunatic who chose to harden his heart to the Lord.
Proverbs 11:10 – When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting. (It’s sad, but when evil men perish there is rejoicing.)
For evil unrepentant men with hate and death in their heart, soul and mind, I say Thank You God.
Love your enemies; pray for those who spitefully use you. Jesus is the answer!
to quote a friend… “i guess this means Bin Laden can’t be the next Apostle Paul.”
A year ago, I found comfort in this song as flood waters rose in Nashville. It may have application now as well: http://www.youtube.com/user/roysecitycoc#p/u/7/39TWwms-k9w. I further find that, when I cannot articulate in my prayers what I think I need, this song helps to focus my mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ye2f3yHBM&feature=related.
I was happy when I first heard that he died until a verse that the Sunday school I went to briefly discussed popped into my mind.
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;”
So…I’m in slight confusion as to how I should feel recognizing that I am a sinner deserving of death and that he did commit horrible deeds but at the same time I have committed murder in my heart too. I think we should pray, not rejoice, and trust in God in His sovereignty.
Great point Paula. I’m not celebrating. He was only one man among many who have always wanted to cause harm to those who do not submit to one ideology or another. As Christians, we are to live in the world, but not of the world. In 2001 I probably would’ve been celebrating. But having 10+ years to reflect upon it, and for the last several years, I have prayed that the power of the gospel could ***** their hearts. That is my prayer now and will continue to be my prayer until I die.
“But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Luke 13. We can rejoice that justice has been served but we are no more righteous in the eyes of God than any other sinner. We all must repent and trust in His mercy and grace.
We pray for those who are evil. We also must protect the helpless and even God sent israel to fight evil nations who knows nothing but to kill people of peace. It’s the government job to protect it’s citizen. God made that clear. I don’t want to see anyone die but I understand that some people are so evil that they bring death upon themselves. To do nothing is just as evil when you let an evil person kill others for their.
Thanks to the people who fight n stand up to the evil ones who enjoy killing us and bringing terror to the ones at peace.
I agree with Robyn and some others. Osama bin Laden did many evil things and did not know the love of God. Yet, as Christians we can never take delight in anyone’s death, but we must mourn that Osama bin Laden never came to a relationship with Jesus Christ. God will now justly judge Osama bin Laden, yet just like with Israel in the Old Testament, God wishes that Osama bin Laden would have turned from his evil ways (Ezek. 33:11). Let us not celebrate, but mourn for a life who never accepted Jesus.
As a British expat in Asia,its difficult to feel any sympathy for this man.I think along side our American cousins,we will be all be breathing a sigh of relief.
I also agree . I dont feel its right to rejoice over anyone going to Hell. A person chooses hell by their own will as he did. God is not willing that anyone should perish, even this evil man. He has chosen his eternal life to be spent in hell, where there will be weeping and nashing of teeth. This man has chosen the lake of fire. His punishment will be eternal. I could not rejoice over anyone choosing this. This was all the work of satan being done through this man. Satan used this man to accomplish all the evil and killing that was done.Im glad he is gone, but Im not rejoicing over this. The church needs to be on our knees. See 2 chron 33:10 let this never be said of us. Blessings to you all.
with prayers that God will continue to protect His children during this continuing unrest. One man’s death does not mean that the “devils” that were part of Osama’s army will not retaliate. We need to be in prayer everyday and all the time for God’s continue protection of His children.
God gives and God takes. Osama had many years to consider what he should do. He chose to hide. God intervenes and decides what is best and apparently that was HIS will. The young men and women in the Military who have to be recipients of this type thing do not necessarily want to kill people either; but because of men like Osama; they are put to the test. God is the Judge and in a Court of Law a murderer usually has to answer for what he does. Is this any different?
As a Christian
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,
for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Matthew 26:52 (New International Version, ©2011)
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
It’s sad that our world is changing into a place filled with hatred, violence, anger, revenge, unforgiveness.
Yes he was a very evil person, but what he has coming for him when he stands before God during judgement will justify every wicked horrible thing he did in this world. God will send him to a place where he will burn forever.
Luke 16:22-25 says, “the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
A question to other Christians, did Moses seek revenge on the pharaoh or did he
wait for God to carry out justice? Did God not deliver Moses and the slaves through faith and patience? Moses and the slaves had to be patient with the Lord, and in the end, the pharaoh suffered more than what he bestowed on the people.
#6 Thou Shalt Not Kill
MATTHEW 5:21-24 ” You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
Our nation is not about forgiveness, it’s about getting even.
Ek. 33:11 Even God does not rejoice in the death of the wicked. I don’t rejoice, but I do feel grateful his threats are over, and wonder whose will be next.
GOD intervenes!! He allowed plenty of time for Osama; but Osama preferred to hide and yes, he is lost. Our young men and women prefer not to be where they are and have to resort to killing. BUT, the Military seems to be necessary because of people like Osama. So, I believe that GOD finnally took a stand. HE is in control and he is also the Judge.
It’s appropriate to have mixed emotions. We can rejoice that a serial mass murderer is no longer able to terrorize our neighbors (Proverbs 11:10). But we can’t celebrate that he never turned to Christ for forgiveness and a new life as he faces eternal hell (Proverbs 24:17-18).
At the risk of over-simplification: what would Jesus do? He went to the cross for all sin and sinners. I doubt He would rejoice in the death of a wicked man.
I am of two minds here….He needed to be brought to justice so I wished they were able to take him alive, but having said this, I am glad some form of justice was done.
War is hell. But, as long as there are wicked people under the control of the evil one there will be killing of the innocent and war as a result. Those who live by the sword can expect to die by it.
I see little value in cherry picking Bible verses to support one view or another. I don’t celebrate or rejoice in the death of the wicked but at the same time I’m glad he is gone. Unfortunately another waits in the wings potentially even more dangerous than Bin Laden.
The only hope of peace on earth is when the Prince of Peace completes his work and comes for his own. Until then, murder of innocents and the guilty will continue because we live in a broken world. God will restore the order of things and make all things right at an appointed time.
Glad? or relieved?
That was my first thought this morning as I watched the news headlines a few minutes before leaving for the office.
Would any of us really want to be numbered with the people dancing in the streets and celebrating?
I don’t remember anyone doing that after the execution of Timothy McVeigh. The most “extreme” (if I could use that word) emotion I remember from that time was the relief felt by people who could now focus on their grief over the loss of those 168 people who died.
As Christians, should we react any differently just because the man was Muslim, or was from a place in the Arab world?
In light of the Great Commission, My answer would be No.
I hope that thoughtful Christians were troubled, as was I, as the scenes of joy and revelry on the newscasts. There should be no one that we consider beyond the potential reach of God’s love, or whom our Father does not love and wish to come to eternal life. Is it not our desire to be like Him and reflect His love to the world? While we can be pleased that justice has been done and that Bin Laden can no longer cause harm to innocent people, I am sad that no Christ-follower was able to reach him with the greatest message in history. I also regret that we as a Christian people do not so reflect the winsome, humble, and disciplined spirit of Christ that it would be difficult for evil people like Bin Laden to find a following–even among those who do not believe in Jesus. So I hope we will be thankful for justice and the removal of evil from our world, but be prayerful and reflective about how we might share the good news of grace with one and one-half billion people who have been led astray by Mohammed.
I also am thankful for the courage and the capability of those brave men who took on this awful task and have returned without harm.
Thoughtfully, I think. I am grateful that the government used the sword of justice to end Bin Laden’s reign of terror–however, I am also mindful of how this will become one more barrier to reaching Muslim’s with the good news of Christ. Let us pray for our enemies that they may become our brothers and sisters.
I thank God that many of you on here are not in charge of protecting us. God is in control but he uses us to stand and protect and keep people safe. There is a time for life and a time for death. I don’t rejoice in someone death but in the victory someone who murdered many for his own pleasure will murder no more. If you who is so holy stand by and let evil people have access to murder and you do nothing to stop them is just as evil. God himself said he who kills will be killed or put to death. Jesus didn’t change the law. Thank you all the men and women who fight for our freedom.
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers. – Proverbs 21:15
without Jesus in my life, my sins are just as heinous before God, maybe they don’t affect as many lives as Hitler’s and Bin Laden’s, but I would have been just as lost.
“I never killed anyone…I never…..”
I believe that we should pray to God that the cycle of vengeance begetting vengeance will be broken, that we may be allowed to lead peaceful lives dedicated to the spreading of the Good News of the Kingdom. (a la 1 Timothy 2:1-4)
What we can most hope for from the nations of this world is that they allow us to live in peace.
Grace and peace,
Sad that one of God’s prodicals didn’t come home. Relieved that a murderer was apprehended.
We can’t be so naive and Pollyanna to think that we should never defend ourselves and families and country. God puts the authorities (the military and the police) to deal with criminals and to defend our country and sometimes it can get very dirty. I have mixed emotions; I am glad he was caught and killed but sad that someone had that much hate in their heart and that it came to this.
When an unrepetant evil man whose heart, mind and soul is filled with death and hate has died, we can only thank God for this. He was the One to establish consequences for evil murderous behavior and those consequences have come home to him.
Governments have a right to protect themselves (Rom. 13). That is a government decision which must be “respected.”
However, for us to share the kind of love shown by God (Jn. 3:16), we must be opposed to killing, hatred, and revenge (which belongs soley to God – Rom. 12:19).
Our proper reaction is sorrow for the death, sorrow that one died without being saved, sorrow that one put themselves in a position to be hunted down like a dangerous animal, and sorrow for all those victimized by such an individual.
We cannot lower ourselves to the level of a Bin Lama in either our action of retaliation, or our feeling/desire for retaliation.
I agree with those who say: pray for Peace – which will continue to be illusive. Somehow – somehow – we must all live towards peace.
And I agree, gloating in the streets is not the way, but honestly – if I were in NYC, I’d be at Ground Zero, celebrating.
Nevertheless, our prayers continue to be prayers of consolation for the tens of thousands who died on 911 & since in the resulting conflicts. Our prayers are for peace, and for both vision and courage to make real that prayer in our lives.
To live towards peace – to seek to make our prayer for peace real – is to seek to be reconciled with God, with oneanother and all people, and with God’s creation.
Sin is alienation from God, from each other, and from creation.
Peace is reconciliation with God, each other, and oneness with God’s purposes in creation.
My response to Bin Laden’s death is to seek to unleash my higher nature and live toward wholeness and peace.
In the bible, the people of God rejoice many times when they have been delivered from evil oppressors,….what is the difference now? Exodus 15: 19 and 20. Miriam danced and played the tambourine. Another passage is Judges chapter 4 and 5. They sang over killing Sisera who oppressed God’s people.
“Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end. In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred.” – Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, on the death of Osama bin Laden.
Whoa whoa whoa… Yes, Christianity is about forgiveness and grace. HOWEVER, Christ absolutely does not call us to allow evil men to tromple all over us! Should we forgive people that do horrible things? Yes. Is there a penalty for crime? Yes!!! This man is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people, and we should rejoice that such a man is no longer a threat to our safety! Punishment for crime is biblical. If a man walked into your house and murdered your family, would you really just forgive him and expect the police to allow him to continue living and being a threat to other lives? Justice has been done in the death of Osama Bin Ladin and we can rejoice in that!!!
PRAY FOR COMFORT FOR HIS FAMILY
Thank you God for allowing me the privilege of being born in this great Country. Thank you God for the young men and women who are in the Military serving to keep us safe from another 9/11 attack. What would Jesus have done? I think He might have said, “Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls before pigs. Pigs will only trample on them, and dogs will turn to attack you.”
Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.’
My very first thought was a prayer for our brave men who were on the raid, and those killed in it –
“Lord, please comfort the SEALS and other warriors who had to take on this mission, compassionate on those killed, and most of all, thank you for allowing the worst terrorist in modern times to be removed from harming anyone else.”
I was not “Joyful”, “happy”, or “celebrating”. I am thankful that he cannot harm, or directly help anyone else to harm my family and friends.
If you know more than a few warriors, they you know people who have had to kill in the line of duty. You will have noted that the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines did not “dance in the streets”, or any other public exhibition of joy. They know that although a terrible person has been killed, there are many more out there that HATE anyone that does not follow thier ‘prophet’. They also do not take joy at the death of anyone.
It was my difficult job to counsel my own sons about this very topic, as they will certainly be in this situation very soon. A personal secular hero of mine was Sgt. York, and also Gny Sgt. Carlos Hathcock. Both said that they took no joy in killing, but did so in war in order to reduce the number killed and to protect their comrades.
Take no joy in the death of anyone, save the saints that have been called home.
Bin Laden is / was not the enemy. He was deceived by the enemy.
Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The martyrs under the altar cried for God to avenge their blood (Rev. 6:10). Was this contrary to the spirit of Christ? I think not! When God answered their cry and “Babylon the Great” fell, a voice from heaven invited them to rejoice (Revelation 18:20). God had avenged them. God’s justice had prevailed. That was cause for rejoicing.
Yes, vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). But just a few verses later we see how God exercises that vengeance — through the civil government, which is His servant to execute His wrath on those who practice evil(Romans 13:4). That is what happened to Bin Laden. We do not rejoice that he is lost eternally. But there is nothing wrong with rejoicing that God’s justice has been exercised.
I am grateful that diverse feelings and insights can be expressed and shared among committed followers of Jesus, including those like myself who are quite conflicted within their own heart over the subject. May we do so with with a spirit of love and respect for one another’s freedom to think and feel in Christ. It would be sad indeed if the Enemy were able to use bin Laden’s death as an opportunity to pit believer against believer, each citing Scripture and turning the sword of the Spirit upon itself, rather than standing together, despite diverse opinions, as children of Light against the darkness of this world.
Thank you Tim for the thoughts you eloquently expressed. Especially that so many of us have conflicting thoughts – as I tried to explain.
And the comment that by Alan that OBL was being lead by the Enemy, and not the “enemy” himself. However, in my opinion, OBL made a concious choice to serve the Enemy, as disquised by the writings purported to be a religion of peace.
We all have the choice – to follow the Lord, and truly love all, including our enemies, or to show hate as the terrorists do. We all know that the enemy has been causing rifts between God’s children since Adam and Eve.
God bless all
I appreciate all who have responded. The question goes to the heart of our individual faith. The world has always had those who kill in the name of their faith, no matter how misdirected that faith may be. Bin Laden was not a Christian. I assume he acted as he did from a conviction of his faith. I believe differently than he did. Therefore, I will not murder, and I will not hate, which is like committing murder. Our government, which according to Romans 13:1 was established by God, has exercised its authority by removing a threat to our government and people. As long as I respect and obey my rulers, I will be justified before God. That’s the ultimate test for me. I am fortunate to have been born in this country, where I can campaign for or against, and vote for or against, those who lead or want to lead me. But we are taught to obey, and honor (respect), our leaders, whether we agree with them or not. That, as I understand it, is God’s and Jesus’ command to me, as well as the command to love my neighbor.
It is true that Hitler, bin Laden, Hussein, were evil men and shed the blood of many. How innocent they were (those killed) is another question. America is guilty of more evil than any evil man since time began because of the MILLIONS of unborn babies they murder each year. I don’t know of one evil man that has the murder record of humans that we (America) do. God does not delight in the death of the wicked.
David never sought Saul’s death or Absalom’s death even though they tried to kill him, but he did trust in God to take care of him. When he fought the kings and natives of Canaan, he did not so much rejoice in their death as rejoice in the care the Lord gave him. Psalms is filled with thanksgiving to God for His protection over David. Let us rejoice that God is in control. God gets the praise, not President Obama, not the military although it consist of many, many brave men. God kept them safe — they talk about the Seals being lucky that no Navy Seal was killed. They were not lucky; God was watching over them. Always give God the glory and rejoice not in a sinner’s death but in the protection God gives His own.
No person is beyond redemption. Even the worst of sinners can come to Jesus. The only question is, would you be willing to forgive and accept a mass murderer … like Bin Laden? Before you answer, remember the Apostle Paul was a similar mass murder. Paul said: “I persecuted the followers of this Way to death” (Acts 22:4). I do not rejoice in Bin Laden’s death. But I rejoice that his reign of terror is over.
I had mixed emotions. I was happy to see him finally located, but sad to see the life of another human being, no matter how evil, abruptly ended. I was also concerned about retaliation. Muslims, especially radical Muslims, never forget. Some will do everything possible to avenge the death of bin Laden, so our nation must be on high alert. We Christians must be on alert, too, praying that this not happen and that, somehow, Muslims might be won to Christ. That I believe to be the best solution for changing terrorists’ mentality.
I mourn for a lost soul but rejoice that God has brought peace to those who serve him!
I don’t rejoice because someone was killed no matter how evil they were. We all could have been just as evil but because of the grace god we do not commit mass murder. God said in his word that he have no pleasure in the death of the ungodly. I see it as more as you reap what you sow. I only rejoice that evil lost again not that a soul may be gone to hell forever n ever. God loves all and Jesus died for all. Let us not be like the world but do what god said do and that is to love our enemies.
I believe God’s hand is in this victory over false ideology. this is a victory of Christian as a whole not only in the united states. God protects his people according to the righteousness of God, Jesus Christ, in the lives of men. Authorities in the old testament wanted to wipe out the israelites in the same manner ther are people to do the same to christians. if we look at this perspective then we should be thankful because God is in controll as he promise to us,
Church of Christ in San Felipe
San Felipe, Tantangan, South Cotabato, Philippines
What i mean is that ther are people driven by there wrong conviction on hating others without a cause.
Our men’s Bible study will discuss this tonight (5/16). Mt 5:43-44 tells us to love our enemies, we are also told to forgive. Both are difficult to do at times. Should be an interesting evening.
Praise the LORD for Tim mentoring his Christ be attitudes .
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