Thursday, May 5, 2011

Can Pro-lifers celebrate the assassination of Osama?

Despite my strong affiliation with the Pro-Life movement on philosophical/ethical/moral grounds, my initial reaction to the death of the infamous terrorist, Osama Bin Ladin, was "Awesome! I'm glad he's dead!" I even went so far as to say, "I wish he had not gotten a Muslim-compliant burial…he should have been buried with bacon."

But a friend of mine brought up a good point about whether we should celebrate his death. Yes, he was notorious. Yes, he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans.

However, he died without recognizing his need for the saving grace of Jesus. While Americans have been cheering for his death, he is bound to an eternity in hell.

I purposefully titled this blog entry provocatively to see how people would respond. I still think Osama got his earthly justice, but I want to express my own revelation that Christians living in the United States should not be more closely tied to American nationalism than we are to the Great Commission.

Tell me what you think.


Lori said...

My thoughts on this are summed up in 3 verses:
‎"Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out."
~Proverbs 24:17-20

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood

He definitely did evil acts... I just remember 1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing

Greg Johnston said...

The world is probably a better place without him. But even that is yet to be seen. Get rid of one demon and seven more move in to replace him. Better the devil you know, especially when he's being forced to lay low.

Also, there is a fine line between the desire for justice and the desire for vengeance. I'm not sure we can even tell when we've crossed it. Lori's three verses are appropriate, in my opinion. There are several from the Sermon on the Mount and Romans 12 along the same lines.

Greg Johnston said...

Matthew, I've been thinking about your struggle with this issue, the "God & Country" movement, and the religious right in general. As an American, I found the dancing in the streets and public celebration of Bin Laden's death embarrassing. It reminded me of the same sort of carrying on among certain Islamics when terrorists strike successfully against Americans. As a Christian, I have serious doubts about the appropriateness of celebrating an enemey's death - even that of a criminal or evil enemy. Pilate was guilty of several instances of murder, butchery and cruelty against the Jews, sometimes on a mass scale. Even Jesus commented on one such instance (Luke 13). Many Jews considered him (and other procurators) the incarnation of evil. If a squad of zealots or sicarii had successfully mounted an operation against him at his home in Caesarea and "brought him to justice," there would almost certainly have been widespread Jewish celebration around Palestine (Roman troops were stationed almost exclusively in Caesaria and a small number in Jerusalem). But I wonder what Jesus' response would have been.

Historicus said...


Thanks for posting. Our commitment to Christ trumps our "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag of the USA. So, when so-called patriotism is at odds with God's Word, we should cling to God's Word.