It’s amazing the debate on Facebook and on the airwaves. Should we be dancing in the streets over the killing of public enemy number 1?
Let’s start with Romans 13:3 & 4
3For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
4for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
I think it is quite clear that God has given governments and authorities the right and responsibility to protect those under it’s authority. I will say confidently that killing Bin Laden was a good thing and God is not against that action.
Now, how should we react to such good news. Jesus said to pray for your enemies and for those who spitefully use you. But I guess the best scripture to address the understandable reaction we saw Sunday night/Monday morning is Proverbs 24:17 & 18
17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
I think Rudy Giuliana gets it just right. He is quoted as saying, ““There‘s a great sense of satisfaction and relief that he’s finally been caught and brought to justice,” Guiliani said. “There is a desire for revenge that isn’t the most noble, but it’s there, and it’s human.”
Bin Laden’s death IS exceedingly good news! There is nothing wrong with feeling happy about it. We need to continue to find, arrest and kill those who still wage war against innocent people.
I also believe it’s clear that we should continue to pray for our enemies, that they will come to know the true and living God who brings peace and salvation.
When a terrorist is found and killed and justice is done we can know that justice is good and Godly. We can feel good about a just action. But maybe we should hold off on the party.
Feel free to comment. I’m interested to know what y’all think.