Should Christians view the killing of Osama Bin Laden a good thing?

Should Christians view the killing of Osama Bin Laden a good thing?


Should we rejoice?


When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.” Proverbs 21:15

The world is a safer place.  Justice has been served.  Those who lost loved ones on 9/11 can have a sense of closure.

Do you agree or disagree?

20 replies »

  1. I feel a sense of justice, & for that I am thankful.
    It still makes me sad. I can’t imagine that God doesn’t feel heartache when one of His lost sheep is lost forever.

    • Very true Mandy. God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked and we are to weep for the lost even if they are our enemies.

      1 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’ Ezekiel 33:11

  2. I’m saddened that so many people had to die. I think we have to be careful about rejoicing in the death of someone regardless of who it is.

    I’m really grateful that we have found him – but my heart goes out to the thousands who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.

    • Well said Dale. I think it’s important for us to rejoice in justice but not in death. And I am thankful with bin Laden out of the picture, that many more lives will be spared.

  3. The sovereignty of God is hard to understand, because we are neither God or sovereign.

    In this case, it doesn’t seem like enough for justice. It’s not satisfying, just justice. God will judge.

    1 Samuel 17 – David vs. Goliath

    It’s pretty clear from the story that the people cheered when David cut Goliath’s head off. (1 Samuel 18:6)

    It’s interesting that Goliath didn’t get one last chance to believe in the God of Israel before justice was done. Or maybe he had? hmmm…

    I’m not a fan of bullies who terrorize innocent people.

    I also wonder what our opinions would be if today was September 12, 2001.

    Sin is sin, but wouldn’t it be awful to stand before God and answer for 9/11?

  4. I have been saddened by what I have seen so many of my Christian friends posting on Facebook. ” Hey OBL , is it hot enough for ya down there ? ” They don’t serve breakfast in Hell !! ” Taunting and glee , not just over his death and justice being served, but over him spending an eternity in hell. Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way, but this sickens me. I am a proud American. I LOVE my country and I HATE what happened on Sept. 11. However, I believe Eze. 33:11 and other scriptures, both OT and NT show the heart of God , and that His will is that no one perish. I would also like to remind every Christian who has commented, that each of us…. your sins, and mine, put Jesus on the cross and if it had not been for the grace of God in our lives, calling us to salvation, that we too would have been in hell for all eternity. That is a sobering thought to me. I have never committed adultery or murdered, but the last time I checked the N.T. lists ” all liars ” as being a group also condemnded to hell ( without the salvation of Jesus ). Who on this message board can honestly say you have never lied ? God also said that hate is the same as murder in his eyes. In God’s eyes sin is sin. I do believe from what I have studied in the Bible there will also be degrees of punishment for things, but the fact remains that the only thing separating us from those who are in hell right now, and on their way there, is the fact that we accepted Jesus, and even that was NOT of our own doing, it was the grace of God that called us in the first place. Who are we to say without God saving us, that WE could not have become OBL ? Or Hitler ? We will never know because we were saved, but I shudder to think about who or what I might have been had Jesus not saved me as a child and confirmed and continued that work in my life. Even murder, which to most of us is one of the most horrible sins that can not be committed, is not necessarily an exclusion to heaven. Moses and David are perfect examples of this. YES they repented. YES they turned from evil and walked with God. But still, is the murder of one person any less evil than the murder of thousands ? How about the murder that goes on daily in this country, legally, and that is protected by laws that say our most helpless, defenseless children , are worth nothing ? Is a young teen mother who murders her pre born baby a monster ? How do we decide which murderers deserve hell, and which don’t ? I, for one, will not celebrate OBL’s death. I grieve over another soul that is in hell. And I humbly thank my God, that for whatever reason , one that I will never understand, I was chosen to accept Him instead of being chosen as a vessel of wrath, set apart for destruction. There, but for the grace of God alone, go I.

    • Thank you,Mindy! You put in this message all what I have been thinking. And it is very sad,that not all Christians feel what you and many others do:((May God pour His Spirit on ALL of us to feel our hearts and follow His voice,not world`s!!

  5. It was not just Bin Laden that was killed. Because our leaders made this a priority and covert action it seems more like revenge. And now I am sure we will hear about this several thousand times with the upcoming campaigns. Makes me wonder and sad also. Proverbs 24:17

  6. This topic deserves a lengthy response. God never intended us to die. Every time someone dies – Satan wins. He never intended abuse, abandonment, war, cancer, heartbreak, and certainly not death. That was not God’s perfect plan for us or this world. We live in a fallen world which can only be cured by redemption. Redemption can only be done by Christ. Consequently, justice can only be exacted by God. What the holiness of God demanded in justice is provided in His love – Christ.

    For a redeemed person – a Christian to rejoice in the death of a person, in my opinion, goes against God’s perfect plan. I understand the world is fallen, but I’m not the one to see that the ultimate justice is carried out.

    To add sovereignty to the mix of our understanding is indeed complex and impossible to understand, because we do not understand the mind of God. If someone does completely – I would like to spend a lot of time with them for personal edification. The discussion of the sovereignty of God which allowed the trade centers to be destroyed and allowing over 3,000 deaths cannot end with “well they are just evil people.” No God allows injustice and death for a reason. By reading the Old Testament we understand clearly that God predicted the death and slavery of the Children of Israel because of their disobedience. God gets no joy out of this, but allows it for a specific purpose.

    What was the collective purpose for God allowing this tragedy to happen? The only good response is brokenness before God. Repentance for our personal sin, and for the sin of the country. If during the last 10 years we have not been broken of personal sin as a result of this or anything else God has allowed to happen, then we have missed the point.

    My desire is for all of us to walk with God – see things from His perspective, leave the justice and judgment to God, seek personal repentance, and then get busy for God. We need to reach the ends of the earth with the love of Christ.

  7. Thankful for all the input, conversations, articles, Scripture etc. Searching and pondering because I really want God’s direction. His heart. Growth is very good.

  8. God is always saddened when he looses one of his children, but Bin Lauden had an entire lifetime to come to know Jesus. Luke 12:5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of your body, has the power to throw you into Hell. This verse never fails to get my full attention!

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