So the question of the week is…what should a Christian response to Osama bin-Laden’s death be?
My friend Adam wrote a response about this on his blog. He used some common things I’ve been hearing about not rejoicing over an enemy’s fall (Proverbs 24:17), but he is glad that justice prevailed.
My response to him was:
Maybe Christians shouldn’t be “celebrating” but an even bigger issue in this discussion is shouldn’t we strive not to take the Bible out of context when it’s talking about personal vengence in passages such as Proverbs 24:17?
I don’t have a personal vendetta against Bin Ladin, but I do strongly dislike him and feel that he needed to be brought to justice in this way; if I had seen him I’d shot him too because this punishment fit his crimes.
Consistently unrepentant, powerful people need to be brought to justice and if it’s in the best interest of the international community and justice at large to seek a death penalty or assasination operation then God has ordained governments to bear the sword to bring justice (Romans 13).
I’m sure that teens are thinking about this, and I think that it would be good for us to recognize that God loves all people, even really evil people and that he desires all to come to salvation (1 Tim. 2:4). World history is filled with evil people, kids have to deal with bullies, and even some with abusive households. Reminding them that God is the ultimate judge and that
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. – Romans 12:18-19
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