I went to bed very early last night after having dinner and fellowship with friends so I didn’t hear the news about Osama Bin Laden until just a few moments ago. Initially, I thought it might have been a hoax, but after verifying the story through a few sites I knew it was true.
While I believe that Osama Bin Laden needed to be held responsible for his actions connected to the 9/11 attacks and any other terrorist activity, I was and am deeply saddened by the images of people celebrating this mans death.
As Christians, we know that the headline of today’s Daily News article holds true for the fate of Bin Laden. Not only has he died a physical death but he will will spend all eternity in hell.
And it’s sad.
I can’t imagine that Jesus is rejoicing over the loss of this one soul. I can’t imagine that Osama wasn’t just as valuable to God as me or you. While we pretend to have claimed victory over terrorism through Osama Bin Laden’s death, we are actually demonstrating our fear and lack of faith.
Millions of Muslims are watching our so called Christian nation and shaking their heads, vowing to never be like ‘us infidels’. We are a nation that lacks compassion. We celebrate at the death of human beings and support the burning of the Koran and other holy books.
We lack compassion, forgiveness and faith enough to petition God to change the hearts of men. We pray for vengeance but not for repentance in the hearts of our enemies.
I won’t be joining in the celebration today.
In fact…I’ve already scheduled some posts to publish throughout the day and will be taking the day off from blogging. I just want to spend the day praying for our lost Muslim brothers and sisters. I’ll also be praying for our nations heart and minds to be turned toward God.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Colossians 3:12
Image courtesy of the NY Daily News