Like many people, I to found myself caught up in the celebration of Osama Bib Laden’s death last night. It was a testament to diligence, a lesson in patience & a battle where evil was defeated! However, in the midst of the celebration I started viewing this situation through a lens of faith & when I did, I was slightly convicted at my response.
By all accounts, Osama Bin Laden was an evil, merciless man & needed to be stopped. Because of the terrible things he had done it was easy to get caught up in celebration of his death instead of the justice his death brought. These are two very different things yet the line between the two is thin.
There are numerous accounts in Scripture where justice through death is celebrated. Think of David & Goliath, Samson & the Philistines or Moses & the Israelites escaping as the Egyptians were drowned in the Red Sea. In all of these instances we see praise for the justice but I’m not sure we praise the death of the individuals. Proverbs 21:15 tells us that justice will bring us joy but Psalm 24:17 cautions us NOT to rejoice over our enemies failure & defeat.
Earthly justice does bring us joy & there is nothing wrong with that. At the same time, as much as we might hate to admit it, Osama Bin Laden was one of God’s creations who clearly strayed from His plan. He is now facing more justice in eternity than anything he would have ever expereinced on this earth. Although we rejoice in the justice may we remember that God’s heart is that NO ONE should perish (2 Peter 3:9), not even Osama Bin Laden.
Like you, I will rejoice in the earthly justice but I will also pray for God to help us see every person & situation though His eyes so that we may praise the justice without celebrating the death of someone who lived & died apart from God. Again, there is a thin line between the two but I pray we search for that line instead of simply losing ourselves in the moment. Lost souls break God’s heart & they should break ours as well no matter who it is.
Thoughts to ponder…