Random Thoughts on bin Laden
I have mixed feelings about the death of Osama bin Laden. As an American, I feel a sense of closure. It is as if events have come full circle. As someone who believes in justice, I feel the end of his life was somewhat appropriate, especially given the lives he took. As a Christian, I feel his death is justified and that God will judge him according to his actions.
The problem is that feelings are unreliable. We cannot and should not trust our feelings. Instead, we trust in God and his word. The scriptures are trustworthy.
Seeing video footage of people dancing in the streets made me a little sad. Don’t get me wrong. Part of me wanted to respond in similar fashion. I am proud of our military and the job they do. They likely saved many lives by taking bin Laden’s life. They did this as agents of the government that, according to the Bible, has the authority to protect and punish. His death was not wrong or unjustified. It was a little sad.
I have been thinking and reading a fair amount in the past few weeks about what it means to be created in God’s image. That is what we are: image-bearers of God. This is not a small or inconsequential thing. As such, we are designed to have a relationship with the God who created us. It is sin that separates all of us from God. It is only by faith in Jesus and his sacrifice that the relationship is restored. This is true for all of us. It is fascinating to me that without placing faith in Christ, my pride or selfishness puts me in exactly the same position before God as Osama bin Laden’s murder and terrorism. My selfishness equals the thousands of deaths at his hands!
When you begin to realize the holiness and purity of God, you realize that anything less than that is enough to condemn you.
He has (and will continue) to pay for his sins, especially his failure to trust in Christ for his redemption. All of our deeds require payment, but Jesus has already paid. You just have to accept it.
If you are also a Christian, try to keep bin Laden’s death in perspective. He was just like you: an individual created in God’s image with all the potential that carries with it. He simply made different choices.