Friday, May 06, 2011

Love Your Enemies...

I have had some interesting back-and-forth with some people on Facebook regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. The debate is whether there should be celebration of his death by any Christians, because that is not a Christian thing to do.

Choosing now to abstain from my own editorials, I would just welcome some scriptural insights from anyone who reads this.

I am going to frame the conversation just a bit, however.

1. Keep in mind, that Osama isn't just one man, but the representation of a religious sect and the trainer and supplier of many terrorists.

2. He wasn't killed by a person taking revenge, but a country defending itself against the ongoing attacks and calls to war that he released and for which he gladly took credit.

3. He was a man who mocked God, and had dedicated his life to killing all Jews and Christians. He was not going to stop.

Within that framework, is it biblical to celebrate his death, or is it ungodly?

1 comment:

Mark said...

The following verses makes me to believe that God doesn't get pleasure when a person dies evil or good,why should we celebrate? Why celebrate that the man might have to face eternal torment, where would love of God be in that?

Proverbs 24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.

Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.

2 Peter 3:9 and John 3:16 reminds me that God wants NONE to perish but have life and a relationship with Him eternity(including Bin Laden).

The world came at him with a sword and ended the man's life. The church came at him with the sword of the spirit or did they? The real enemy wasn't the man, but Lucifer who deceived the man.
Shedding blood has never in human history made the world a "better place". But using the sword of the Spirit has produced a great harvest for God.