Posted by: Mark | May 5, 2011

Obama been laden captialist cofers

Actually this post has little to do with Obama but I just thought it funny the way his and Osama’s names sound familiar and that was the best I could do 🙂

What I actually wanted to write about was something I found very sad today. It seems that the death of a fellow human being is being celebrated around the world with people cashing in on it by selling memorabilia. I read about this on the BBC site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13276916) today and was saddened. It would seem that Osama bin Laden was a person who did some bad things and said some bad things, but he was still a person. To rejoice in the death of a person seems wrong. It was wrong when Osama released his messages rejoicing in western deaths and just as wrong when the west rejoices in his death.

From a Christian perspective I also see hypocrisy in this. The bible labels every one of us as bad people in the sight of God. People who have separated themselves from a holy God through disobedience. In a scriptural sense Osama is a person, created in God’s image and separated from Him by sin just like me. If we think we are better than him because we didn’t do the same bad things he has done, lets see God’s analysis:

Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Rev. 22:15

It would seem that God puts liars in the same camp as murderers – something to think about when we entertain the idea of superiority and the right to celebrate that the Osama is dead.

In my reading I have read a couple of pieces in blogs as to how Christians should react. This has been one of the better pieces although I am not sure I agree on his analysis of a government’s right to do this outside their own borders and his definition of justice.

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  1. Thanks for the link, and kind words.

    I do appreciate your candid disagreement. However, I hope you’ll consider our current global climate. The shrinking environment of the world means that happens in other countries usually directly affects our own (though not always of course).

    Keep in mind that Osama bin Laden admitted he was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks almost immediately after 9/11. That was a declaration of war. So, if for no other reason, that in itself cancels “borders” out of the equation in seeking justice (note: not vengeance) against a man who killed nearly 3,000 people in a matter of minutes.

    Here are some (in my opinion) better analysis than my own:
    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-and-the-devaluing-of-justice/

    http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/is-god-glad-osama-bin-ladens-dead

    • Thank you for the links James. I had already read these posts and appreciated their views. My argument is not so much against the need for justice but more the use of this verse to justify cross-border justice. If we were to then take this use further then Christians the world over should be fearing those governments who are anti-Christian as God has put these foreign governments over us.

      Another nice view from a different stand point can be read here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/may/05/america-lone-ranger?CMP=twt_gu

  2. Hi, Mark.
    Sometimes in this messy, fallen world, we need the lesser of two evils (or should that be ‘mortal and venial’). This solution seems better than the years of havoc we created in Iraq to get Saddam.

    But the Grauniad article is wrong to speak of redemptive violence. Violence does not cause redemption – usually just more violence. Jesus’ way of redemption was very different and he absorbed the violence.


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