Much has already been said in the Christian blogosphere about the death of mass-murderer Osama Bin Laden (OBL). Many commenters have objected that it was not right for the U.S. to kill OBL. The two biggest objections come in the form of quoting Ezekiel 18:23 or arguing that since we are all sinners before God, who are we to punish anyone.
Here’s a quick round up of the best articles currently on the issue from a theological perspective. Read them and decide for yourself if we should rejoice in Bin Laden’s death or not.
Osama Bin Laden and the Value of Justice
Kevin De Young deal with the idea of moral equivalency (that all sins are equal) when he says, “It is one of the half-truths of our day that every sin is the same in God’s eyes…Some sins so destroy the image of God that those who commit them deserve destruction.”
Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden’s Dead?
As always, John Piper has wide words on the subject, “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.”
Do Your Soul Some Good
Doug Wilson agrees with the above, but also says we must have proportion: “The ghouls who run the abortion industry, and their shills in the halls of Congress, kill more Americans every day than bin Laden did in his one major flame-out, and the Navy Seals aren’t coming after them.”
The Trial that Still Must Come — The Death of Osama bin Laden and the Limits of Human Justice
Al Mohler reminds us that OBL will have a much higher authority to answer to: “Christians know that Osama bin Laden escaped the reach of full human justice and a trial for his crimes, but he will not escape the judgment that is to come. Bin Laden will not escape his trial before the court of God. Until then, sober satisfaction must be enough for those still in the land of the living.”
HT: Justin Taylor