On the Death of Bin Laden

May 2nd, 2011

I got home about 10:20 last night after a day without TV or radio, so imagine how stunned I was to hear about the death of Osama Bin Laden.

On the one hand it is great that an enemy of peace and A murderer is now no longer able to harm anyone else.

However I began thinking a few other things, many of which are mirrored at this blog:

1. In the book of Ezekiel we read:

 “…As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways!…”

Even with Osama Bin Laden, or Hitler or that guy who cut you off in traffic, God does not rejoice that someone dies in their sin without repenting and putting their faith and trust in Christ.

2. Romans 3:23, as we all know tells us;

 ”for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

We make men like Bin Laden out to be the very worst of humanity, and in some respects, by the world’s standards, he just might be. However, in the sight of the Lord we all are sinners who deserve wrath.

3. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 we hear one of my favorite Gospel verses:

 ”For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

This is the Gospel. That all of us deserve exactly what Osama Bin Laden deserves. However, on the cross Jesus paid for our sin that in faith by grace the righteousness of Jesus may be credited to us.

Don’t take this time to merely celebrate the death of a wicked man without realizing our own wickedness, what it deserves but most importantly the good news of the salvation offered by the Father in sending His one and only son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

Read more from Scott Kingsolver at his blog, Revangelical-Burning Out Bright.

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