Monday, May 2, 2011

So Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Bin Laden was not just lost, but was a preacher of lostness. He followed a religion that denies Christ, and his brand of that religion kills Christians. It also kills its own adherents who differ in theology. That is why many millions of Muslims around the world will rejoice at the news of his death.  The gospel Bin Laden preached increased the occupancy of Hell. His false god, Allah, and his false prophet, Mohammad, send sons and daughters to die for their faith in the hope of gaining access to a false paradise. The one true God sent His son to die for us. He does not send us to die for Him. Bin Laden led thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of sons and daughters to their death and an eternity of suffering. Can we possibly mourn his passing?  Should we, or should we dance in the streets that our enemy is dead?

God says it is not wise to gloat at the death of an enemy. "Don't gloat when your enemy falls, and don't let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the Lord will be displeased, and turn His wrath away from him."  (Prov. 24:17)  While we can be thankful that an enemy of mankind, of freedom, of our country, and of our faith has been stopped, there is no reason for us to throw a party.

As long as Bin Laden lived, we prayed for his salvation. I have often dreamed of hearing of his conversion to Christ, and his subsequent death. Make no mistake, his compatriots would have quickly dispatched him if he had believed in the one true God through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now, given what he preached, his fate is eternal suffering.  Maybe you have heard it said, "I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy."  Well, there was no worse enemy than Osama Bin Laden, and I would not wish Hell on him. I do not, cannot wish it on anyone.

We wish Heaven on everyone. Our mission is not retribution. Vengeance belongs to God.  Our mission is the gospel to all nations, all people, all individuals. We can rejoice today that one purveyor of evil and death will no longer murder. We can rejoice that God is on the throne. We can give thanks that justice has been served, but we cannot rejoice that our enemy has gained a soul. As long as there is life, as long as we live here and preach the gospel, until all is said and done, one more occupant in Hell is no cause for dancing in the street.