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Death of a Terrorist…

May 17, 2011

I will never forget sitting  in my recliner and watching  the President of the United States announce the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.  I watched the news with mixed emotions, a sense of relief that the decade long search for the most notorious terrorist of my generation was finally over, and a sense of grief at the death of a man made in the image of God who had lived a life so destructive of human life and so dishonoring to God.

So as a follower of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, what is the appropriate response to such news?  If it’s true that “God’s emotional life is infinitely complex beyond our ability to fully comprehend,” it should be no surprise that his followers would reflect some of that complexity as well. After all, we are the people who are “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”

While Christians can rejoice with thanks that this infamous terrorist will no longer harm or kill innocent people (including other Muslims), we should never celebrate anyone dying without Christ and being separated from Him forever in hell.

Bin Laden is there not because his sins of terrorism were greater than yours and mine, but because he rejected the Lord Jesus (John 3:36). We are in a dangerous place if we ever consider the sins Christ has forgiven us of  are any less heinous, disgusting and offensive to the heart of Holy God than Bin Laden’s!!! Apart from Jesus, we all deserve nothing less than this eternal and just wrath of the Lord.

We must never forget that lost people act like lost people. It is their nature. This is not in any way to excuse or defend sin committed by anyone, including us (Romans 6:23; Nahum 1:3).  But apart from the rescuing mercy and grace of Jesus and His  payment made on the cross to pay for our sins to satisfy the Father’s righteous judgment, we all would  be where Bin Laden is today (John 5:24).

Receiving Christ’s forgiveness not only liberates us from sin’s penalty but its power  as well (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Before we are born-again not even our most self-righteous deeds are acceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6).

Finally- lost people are not our enemies!!!

They are deceived and in bondage to the enemy of our souls who is Satan. Lost people are our mission field!  Please be careful not to ever forget this. Never stop loving them, praying for them, forgiving them, reaching out to them with the saving message of the Gospel! Believers are prepared to go out into eternity. Lost people are not.

And do not forget that all Arabs are not Muslims!

The vast majority of believers and followers of Christ in the Middle East are Arab Christians!!! These sons and daughters of Ishmael love and obey Him as those grafted into the covenant made with Abraham as equally as every other person who is born-again through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus ( Romans 4).

The Bible has much more to say regarding this matter.  Please take time today to look at some of these verses: Proverbs 24:17; Job 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:31-32; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 5:43-45; Luke 6:27-29.

J

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