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Bin Laden Dead – How Do We Feel?

May 2, 2011

I just want to make a couple of points about this…

Last night, I was at a Granite City with a friend when the news of Bin Laden’s death broke.  We had the Bar tender turn up the volume, and listened in. My first two emotions were excitement at the justice done, and a sense of safety.

But how should we feel?  This morning I scanned the comments on Facebook, and saw two extremes.  The first was celebration, the second was anger toward those celebrating.

But perhaps there is a better way to respond than to those two extremes. I saw other people say stuff more along the lines of, “we should be happy justice is done, but we should be careful not to rejoice in the death of the wicked.”

This I think is the tension we need to live in.  We should desire justice, and hate death.  Why?

The desire for justice is natural.  The death of an image bearer of God is not.

We should listen to the hearts of those who rejoice at Bin Laden’s death.  Evil to needs to be confronted, and we should desire evil to be retarded.  This is why governments exist. The death of Bin Laden accomplishes that.  Perhaps families of those who lost loved ones on 9/11 will feel a sense of justice, and perhaps lives in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere will be  spared because he is dead.  Perhaps other terrorists will fear. These are good desires.

We should also listen to those who warning against celebration. We should be careful not to think that Bin Laden’s death will heal our wounds from 9/11 and that it will secure ultimate peace.  I can assure you it will not.

Bin Laden, no matter how evil had the marks of his Creator upon him, and for that we should grieve. He was a human being like the rest of us. Perhaps this is why we should pray for our enemies. Death is not natural, is is the product our our rebellion as a race. And so we all die.

Let’s live in the tension.  Pray that justice would be done. Pray for the healing of those who have lost. Pray for God to put an end to wars.

That said, please view the thoughts of D.A. Carson. His thoughts are similar to mine, and so I am glad to be in the company of men such as him…


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