The Death of Bin Ladin: Part II
Somethings I find interesting. I find it interesting that Usama Bin Laden was shot and killed on the same day that the March of remembrance was held. The March of Remembrance was held to remember and give voice to the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. On the day that God’s chosen people the Jews were honored and remembered for their suffering, one of Judaism’s enemies was destroyed. I am no prophet, and I am not claiming to speak for God, but I do find the coincidence and irony very powerful.
I find it interesting that on the day Usama died, many danced in the streets in jubilation. Is this wrong? I do not believe so because I believe in my heart Bin Laden’s death symbolized the end of evil for many. Here was a coward who sent thousands to their death and killed many innocents through acts of terror. When his appointment with God approached Usama hid behind a woman whom he used as a human shield.
I do not celebrate that Usama is dead, I celebrate that good has triumphed over evil. I do not celebrate Usama’s demise, but that terrorism itself has suffered a severe body blow. I do not rejoice in Bin Ladin’s death, but in the victory and bravery of our Navy seals. Even God’s people sang and rejoiced when God vanquished their enemies. In the spiritual realm, the death of this terrorist is a victory for good.
The Song of Moses
1Then Moses and the people of Israel(A) sang this song to the LORD, saying,
(B) “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider[a] he has thrown into the sea.
2(C) The LORD is my strength and my(D) song,
and he has become(E) my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
(F) my father’s God, and(G) I will exalt him.
3The LORD is(H) a man of war;
(I)the LORD is his name.
4(J) “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea,
and his chosen(K) officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
5The(L) floods covered them;
they(M) went down into the depths like a stone.
6(N) Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power,
your right hand, O LORD,(O) shatters the enemy.
7In the(P) greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;
you send out your fury; it(Q) consumes them like stubble.
8At the(R) blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;
the(S) floods stood up in a heap;
the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
9The enemy said,(T) ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
I(U) will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
10You(V) blew with your wind; the(W) sea covered them;
they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11(X) “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in(Y) glorious deeds,(Z) doing wonders?
12You stretched out(AA) your right hand;
the earth swallowed them.
Our previous generations celebrated the defeat of Nazism, we celebrate a defeat for terrorism. What I do not rejoice over is Usama’s fate. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27
Our military just ended his life, but now his soul will be judged by the one true living God. His acts of terror will be judged and he will receive his well deserved punishment. I cannot rejoice over this because his fate could have been my fate had it not been for his son Jesus. I am no terrorist, but I am a sinner. Without Jesus all sinners receive the same fate. So I cannot rejoice because what a horrible thing for one to spend eternity in hell without the presence of Almighty God. The thought makes it very difficult for me to rejoice in anyone’s death who does not know the Lord.
Again, I rejoice in the blow that freedom has struck against terrorism. I celebrate and applaud the courage it took for our president to make this decision. I celebrate and am thankful to God for the protection and victory that he gave our brave fighting men of the Navy Seals. I celebrate and rejoice that an evil force was taken down. But I do not rejoice at the consequences of Bin Ladins soul. Even God says he wishes that no man perish, but that all men come into the saving knowledge of Christ. (2 Peter 3:9)
I hope I have been able to convey my thoughts to you today. I take joy in our victory, but no joy when someone who does not know Christ stands before him to be judged
until next time.
God bless our fighting men and women, and God bless America
05.01.11 was a great day for the USA
pastor greg t.