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Bin Laden Stands Before God

A still of 2004 Osama bin Laden video

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Osama Bin Laden is dead.  After nearly 10 years and the most costly manhunt in human history, the perpetrator of the mass killing of 9/11 has been sent to the grave.  He stands before the one true God, awaiting his eternal fate.  Today, many Americans feel some vindication—that justice has triumphed.

As I watched the news of Bin Laden’s death last night, a variety of emotions swirled through my heart.  I admit my first reaction was I was glad they finally got him.  He was obviously a man driven by violence, responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people around the world.  He had become the poster child of everything that is wrong with radical Islam.  He was a man driven by hatred for Jews and Christians, committed to a world dominated by Muslim ideologues.

But as my initial emotions were processed, I felt some sadness.  As hateful as this man was, I felt great pity and sadness for him.  In the blink of an eye, he went from one of the most powerful men in the world to standing before the one true God, awaiting his eternal fate.  Now, none of us are established as the final judge of a man’s eternity—that is left to God alone.  But the evidence sure points to Osama Bin Laden spending eternity in hell.  He worshipped the false god of Allah and was responsible for the countless murders of innocent people.

My sadness made me reflect on how many times I have not reached out to someone who does not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior—neighbors, friends and even family members.  The times when I had a chance to share the good news of eternal life for those who put their faith in Jesus, but did nothing.  The times over the past 10 years when I actually hated Osama Bin Laden and all he stood for—but never really prayed for him.

It causes me to really reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  I am to love, not hate my enemies.  I am not to hope for their destruction; but rather pray for their repentance and salvation.  And how many times I fail to do so.

No doubt, Osama Bin Laden was a very difficult man to love, yet Jesus calls me to do so.  What am I to make of this as a Christian?  Maybe this:  Just how easy I can still give in to my flesh and have hatred in my heart.  Yes, I am glad he’s dead.  Hopefully the people of the world are a little safer today.  But I also grieve for him and all those still being deceived by the enemy—those with hard hearts toward God—and the eternal judgment that awaits them.  But my sorrow for Bin Laden’s eternal fate has not yet caught up with the human joy I first felt at hearing he was dead.  And that shows me just how far I have to go yet in becoming a man of holiness that Jesus calls me to be.


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2 Responses to “Bin Laden Stands Before God”

  1. Jon Henegar #

    A few years ago my family and I attended an air show featuring the Navy’s Thunderbirds. As the highly trained pilots maneuvered their planes through the sky, I marveled at their skill, and the power that those jet fighters. Those four planes had the power to wipe out a small city. I thought about those pilots and their ability to protect my family against the enemies of our country. I thought how fortunate we are to have men and women who would give their life for me, my family and the thousand who watched the air show with me. Then a feeling of sadness came over me, when I realized that we need these powerful weapons and these wonderful men and women, because we live in a fallen world. A sinful world where war is sometimes the only answer that we have. I am glad for the death of an evil man, but I am sad that death of a man makes me I feel glad.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:13 PM
  2. Kara #

    You are so right. God has been leading me on a journey lately that is calling into question all that I have believed and grown up in the church hearing. 'Is that what the Bible says?' has been my cry lately. I've begun to take everything, Everything back to the Word. Even if I know it's there, I go and re-read it to confirm to myself I've got my interpretation right. There are a few things I've had to change my attitude on, things I'd grown up hearing "The Bible says…."Christ gave us two commandments, (1) Love God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. He then went on to tell the parable of the good Samaritan to show us who is our neighbor, illustrating that even our enemy is our neighbor. It's not an easy stance to take, 'love your neighbor' but it is what we are called to do.While I am glad that the military has accomplished what needed to be done, I am saddened by the fact that it was necessary. And as you pointed out, it revealed a lack in me, I too failed to pray for his soul these last 10 years. How many others closer to me have I missed opportunities with.

    May 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM