Most if not all of us have heard about the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The question is how should the Christian respond to this event?At some level I think that all of us who are Americans feel some sort of relief, some sort of satisfaction that, as President Obama said, ” Justice has been done.”
Here’s the problem I have, by all of the knowledge we have, Osama Bin Laden will be headed for the Lake of Fire. How can I rejoice about that? How can any person who considers themselves a Justified and Washed in the Blood of the Lamb, think in their heart that this is a good thing? Ezekiel tells us in chapters 18 and 33 that God doesn’t get any pleasure from the death of the wicked. If God doesn’t delight in the death of evil men, how can I? How can I rejoice that a rebel sinner has died in his sin, given that he will now never see the mercy of our great God and Savior.
At the same time, we see a consistent testimony throughout Scripture that God is Just, and commands his people to love justice. I don’t think it is any stretch of the text, to say that we are to love justice as God does. I believe that if a man has ordered the death of 1000′s it is proper to say that he no longer deserves to live; in other words, he has earned death. Taking his life was just.
In Conclusion, I think that the Christian perspective is one of mourning a sinner who failed to repent, but a satisfaction that justice has been served.