Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden Is Dead?

As Christians, how should we respond to the death of Osama bin Laden? Should we rejoice? Should we be sad? John Piper wrote a great piece on his website about this very subject:
God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single. There are several, and they intermingle. That is a good thing. You are God-like.
In response to Osama bin Laden’s death, quite a few tweets and blogs have cited the biblical truth that “God does not delight in the death of the wicked.” That is true.                    
It is also true that God does delight in the death of the wicked. There are things about every death that God approves in themselves and things about every death that God disapproves in themselves.
My suggestion is that the death and misery of the unrepentant is in and of itself not a pleasure to God. God is not a sadist. He is not malicious or bloodthirsty. The death and suffering considered for itself alone is not his delight.
Rather, when a rebellious, wicked, unbelieving person is judged, what God has pleasure in is the exaltation of truth and righteousness, and the vindication of his own honor and glory.  
Read the rest of it here. It is a good read. Well worth your time. 

By His Grace,

1 comment:

Dyl said...

Excellent, excellent, excellent article.