The Obligatory Osama Post, from my journal

Posted: May 2, 2011 in Handwritten Chronicles
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May 1, 2011

I’m not really one to watch the news, but today was a historic one, so I made an exception. President Barack Obama announced that American officials attacked a mansion in Pakistan after intelligence revealed that Osama Bin Laden was living there. The Americans killed him, and our military/government is now in possession of his body. Impromptu patriotic demonstrations were springing up, especially just outside the White House, as the president prepared to make the announcement we’d all already heard online and via newscasts. Facebook exploded with cheers and hallelujahs, and my heart sank. Yes, I believe this was a necessary act of justice. No, I do not think it decent or just to rejoice, sing, and dance about it. He has met his Maker; let Him handle it. Let us continue to marvel at God’s mercy, pray for sinners, and shut our mouths lest we be condemned by them. We, too, deserve the death penalty. We have no right to rejoice, and I am honestly ashamed that these images will inevitably be broadcast around the world. How telling that will be of our sinful hearts. Lord God, thank You for justice. Make Your glory known through this — draw people to You. Please forgive us our wicked ways and protect us from retaliation. Please grant wisdom to our leaders and stay our enemy’s hand. Please bring us back to You — we are an unregenerate and self-worshiping nation. Please pour our Your Spirit and grant repentance to America. Teach us to fear You. 


God took out Osama bin Ladin. And he will take me out. And you. And everyone else. Only different ways. (Deu 32:39; Job 1:21)
~John Piper

*Disclaimer: This was written at midnight with a sleepy head and a grieving heart. Re-writing it here makes me see how my words can be misconstrued. I do completely agree with the earthly justice carried out on Osama. I do understand why many people — especially those who were personally affected by his terrorism — would be satisfied at hearing this news. I do not, however, think that public rejoicing over this is pleasing to God. I just don’t see how it could be, when we all have desperately sick (read: wicked) hearts from birth. We’re all wicked before we’re regenerated. So — no, I don’t think our government’s killing him was wicked or wrong in any way. Rather, I think it was necessary and just. I think hallelujahs and yippees and singing and dancing as he awaits the White Throne Judgment to be cast into hell for all eternity is really inappropriate, however, and that these things just further reveal the brokenness of humanity.

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?
~Jeremiah 17:9

The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the LORD.
~Proverbs 19:3

  1. okiewife says:

    We all need to remember Proverbs 24: 17, 18….Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him. I was sickened by the demonstrations of the Muslim people when the twin towers went down, so if we do the same now are we any better? This is a very thought-provoking post Lainie.

    • Thanks. 🙂 What a great Scripture reference!

      A friend of mine also posted this quote, which is a great reminder from a great preacher along the same lines:

      “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly and knew exactly what you meant before you wrote the update. Great post.

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