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Monday, May 2, 2011

Should We Rejoice In Usama Bin Laden's Death?

"When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
And the hope of strong men perishes." Proverbs 11:7

"When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting." Proverbs 11:10

He who is steadfast in righteousness will attain to life,
And he who pursues evil will bring about his own death. Proverbs 11:19

"If the righteous will be rewarded in the earth,
How much more the wicked and the sinner!" Proverbs 11:31

"Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him." Proverbs 24:17,18

"For there will be no future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out." Proverbs 24:20

The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”
Psalm 58:10,11

So, should we rejoice that Usama bin Laden is dead? I personally think so.
It isn't just because he is an enemy of ours, but because he falls into the category of the wicked. God will give him the level of punishment he deserves in Hell unless he repented at the last moment. Although everyone deserves hell, I believe that there are degrees of punishment in hell.
I feel that both earthly justice was done, and that someone who was an instrument of Satan was stopped. In a way, isn't it God's doing ultimately? God brings about justice sometimes through human instruments even unwittingly in some cases. God will judge motives of individuals hearts who carried it out, but for now I think I can give thanks that God has worked to let our troops remove one of the threats to many lives. It is God who brings deliverance!

"Let destruction come upon him unawares,
And let the net which he hid catch himself;
Into that very destruction let him fall.
And my soul shall rejoice in the LORD;
It shall exult in His salvation." Psalm 35:8,9

1 comment:

  1. right on target. It's not a personal vengeance and it's not a 'heart judgment' when we respond as the Bible says that we should. God is just. People want to feel sorry for the murderer rather than those thousands he killed? That's perverting justice, imho.