Monday, May 02, 2011

Thoughts on bin Laden's Death

It was early 2001. An elderly retired music teacher, known for his many hours of prayer, was preaching at our church. That speaker, Dr. T. W. Hunt, said, "There's a man named Osama bin Laden who will pay $10,000 to anyone who kills an American." That's the first time I ever heard of bin Laden. It's also the first and only time that I recall Dr. Hunt mentioning anything that could be considered political, though I heard him preach severajavascript:void(0)l times and greeted him personally several times.

We can thank the Lord that this evil man, Osama bin Laden, is dead.

The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
--Proverbs 14:32


dfish said...

As Galatians 6:7 states, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Hiding behind a religion will not enable one to escape their sin.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

I know it sounds crazy, but my first reaction when hearing that Osama had been killed was a feeling of intense sorrow.

I went to bed early that night, it was barely 8:30 and not even dark yet. About a half an hour later, I was sound asleep, and dreaming. I was suddenly and abruptly awakened by the voice of my son John standing in the doorway of my room, and loudly, 'Dad, Osama Bin Laden is dead.'

My eyes popped open, and for a moment I couldn't remember what day it was, or even where I was, but the words just stung me, and I felt intense sorrow, knowing that this man whose earthly life was a foretaste of hell, was now beyond redemption, and we would see and hear him no more in this or any world.

He was human, too, like us, and like us a sinner. He had a mother that probably loved him and thought the world of him when he was first born. But he was born into a family and into a religion that lives in sin and knows no way out. Tragedy upon tragedy.

How satan has deceived us so well, that a billion or more people can live without Christ and think that killing His followers is to honor God! And how shallow and cruel his promises: seventy-two black eyed virgins in paradise. This religion and all the suffering it has caused has made more victims than any other, I think, in the whole world.

So one of the sons of men has been killed as befits all us sinful men, and like Judas he has gone down to darkness and eternal pain, having been the instrument of paradise for others. Yes, where would we be without Judas? But alas for him who has betrayed the Savior of the world. Even the love that created and saved the world cannot reach him. He has chosen darkness.

Jim Swindle said...

Dfish and Romanós, thank you for the perceptive comments.

Osama bin Laden was evil. I've been evil, too. I think it's possible to celebrate and to grieve at the same time. We celebrate the fact that he can do no more evil here. We grieve his family's loss and his own eternal loss. We should also be aware that most of those who celebrated his death were just as lost as those who followed him blindly into extreme hatred.