The last 48 hours have produced a lot of emotions over the death of OBL…along with a lot of Tweets & FaceBook status updates. I totally understand the euphoric feeling we get over the planet being a safer place without one of the world’s most notorious murders…I really do.
I’m also glad that thousands of moms who’ve lost sons & thousands of wives who’ve lost husbands at the hands of OBL now at least have the opportunity to have some sense of closure.
I understand the feeling of victory experienced by so many who’ve searched, hiked, crawled, bled & went with little food, water or sleep for days in order to bring a mad man murderer to justice. I’m overwhelmed with pride in our military…those men & women are the best & most valiant warriors on the face of the planet; they’re the pride of the red, white & blue.
But, there are a few things that greatly disturb me about some of the comments, tweets & posts I’ve read. For one, I can’t understand those who use this as an opportunity to protest & state their opposition to the use of force, any force for any reason…seriously?
Are you telling me that if you looked out your window & saw a child being physically abused you’d close the blinds & watch TV without getting involved? If your wife was being assaulted, would you stand by & watch because you don’t believe in using force?
Those who protest the use of force would do well to remember the Holocaust. America, along with many other countries, owes the Jewish people a great moral debt & a too little too late apology because we didn’t get involved as Hitler literally murdered millions of Jews. We could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives if we would have been less liberal & more moral.
When we know that mad men dictators like Hitler or Suddam Hussein are killing countless thousands of innocent people & burying them like dogs in mass graves, we have a moral obligation to get involved & use what ever force necessary to defend the innocent who cannot defend themselves…not for oil or land or any political interest, but for the sanctity of human life.
I also can’t understand how some can argue that OBL shouldn’t have been killed because that makes us like him. Some argue against the death penalty, even for those who are 100% guilty of malicious murder and even use the sanctity of human life as their ammunition. When I hear this argument, I always wonder why they seem not to be too concerned with the sanctity of the human life or lives the murder has taken.
I might as well state here that, obviously, I believe in capital punishment for those who are determined guilty of murder beyond the shadow of a doubt unquestionable evidence & a just court. Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image.” The Bible teaches that the sin of murder deserves a punishment that matches the crime. The justification for such punishment is the sanctity & nobility of human life because it’s made in the image of God. Romans 13:4 gives the responsibility of carrying out this punishment to the government, not to any individual. So, I can’t understand why people are crying foul over the death of a mass murderer.
I might could understand the protest if OBL was executed without a trial, but it wasn’t an execution. During the attempted apprehension, he began shooting real live bullets at our special forces. These men are the baddest in the world. If you shoot at them, you’re only going to get one chance…he obviously didn’t make it count.
So, even if OBL would have repented & turned to Christ a year ago & was so transformed that he surrendered, I still believe he deserved the death penalty. His eternal salvation would’ve been cause for rejoicing because it would’ve removed him from the wrath of God, but it wouldn’t have removed the consequences of his crime. If you contract a deadly disease from living a sinful lifestyle & then repent & turn to Jesus, He saves your soul, but He doesn’t take away the disease caused by your sinful choices.
But, the thing I really don’t understand & the disturbs me the most is the crazy amount of tweets & posts I’ve read in the last 48 hours celebrating the fact that OBL is literally burning in hell…SERIOUSLY? This is a really good opportunity to examine our theology because theology determines what we believe & what we believe shapes how we behave.
The Bible teaches that there really is a literal place called hell, (Luke 16:19-31, John 3:36, Matthew 13:49-50). Scripture defines it as a lake of fire & a place of eternal torment. We serve an infinite God & those who rebel against Him deserve nothing less than an infinite punishment.
The Bible teaches that God is a just & righteous God. Many preachers emphasize the grace of God, the mercy of God & the love of God because it sells books & makes the gospel more “palatable” for the culture.
Don’t get me wrong; I love God’s grace, mercy & love because I’m desperate for them. But, to neglect the righteousness & justice of God is to cheapen salvation by making it more about my need than God’s glory.
God’s justice means that He cannot overlook sin. He has to punish the sinner or, somehow, atone for their sins. That’s what the cross is all about. It was Jesus dying vicariously in my place, taking the punishment that I deserve. The wrath of God against your sin was either poured out upon Jesus on the cross or it will be poured out upon you for all eternity in a real place called hell. So, the cross not only reveals the glory of God’s grace & love, it also reveals the glory of His justice because it was His wrath poured out on the sin of all who would repent & believe in Jesus. But, hell is also the glory of God’s justice because it is also the wrath of God poured out on those who rebel against Him.
Based on the truth of scripture & what OBL publicly proclaimed that he believed & His public war on King Jesus & those who follow Him, the wrath of God is indeed being poured out upon him & will be for all eternity in a very real place called hell. But, this truth should break our hearts, not enlarge them with gladness.
We never see Jesus gloat over the eternal damnation of a soul. As a matter of fact, we see Him look over the city of Jerusalem & literally weep because it was full of hell bound people.
Yes, OBL was an enemy of our country, our freedom and, most importantly, our faith, but Jesus didn’t tell us to hate our enemies & rejoice in their destruction. Rather, He said love your enemies & pray for those who persecute you. Jesus even prayed that the Father would forgive His very enemies that brutally tortured Him & nailed Him to the cross. Paul even said he would gladly trade places with the lost & go to hell if they’d just see the spiritual truth, repent & surrender to Jesus.
Never forget that OBL is not in hell because he killed multiple thousands of people; he’s in hell because he rejected Jesus. This should break the heart of ever follower of Christ.
Normative self wants people who hurt us to pay. Normative Christianity is to forgive. Normative self seeks revenge; normative Christianity seeks justice. Normative self rejoices when our enemies burn in hell; normative Christianity weeps for those going to hell.
So, do I believe our forces should’ve pursued OBL to the ends of the earth if need be? YES! Do I believe he deserved the death penalty? YES! Do I believe he is in hell? YES! But, am I glad he’s in hell? NO! I’m glad justice is served, but I’m never glad when anyone is damned to an eternal torment that I deserve but, thankfully, because of the vicarious death of Jesus, I wont receive.
I hope we really think about our words during this time because they can either be used to tear down walls or build them up. They can be compelling or repelling…