Monday, July 23, 2012

Osama bin Laden

In case you missed the news this week there was a major story: the St. Louis Blues’ president signed a contract extension. Oh yeah, and the world’s most wanted terrorist was killed in his Pakistani compound.

I’m not here to get into the debate on how Christians are supposed to react to his death. I understand both sides, and I personally believe that there is nothing wrong with celebrating the fact that justice has been served and that a killer cannot kill any more. However, I would never celebrate in the death of a person, especially a person whose soul is in hell (yes Rob Bell, we have confirmation of this: it’s called the Bible). We have to remember that bin Laden’s murders have caused thousands to go to an early grave, and many of them to hell; he will never be able to do that again.

But the very thought of hell should serve as a reminder to Christians that it is a real place. I’ve read many Facebook jokes about Osama burning there, but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, let alone joke about it. If we believe that hell is real, then let us get busy rescuing people from it, “pulling them out of the fire.”

Remember, none of us are any better than bin Laden, and we all deserve hell. So let’s put away our self pride and make our mission statement the same one that Jesus said of Himself, to seek and to save the lost.

“For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
        Luke 19:10

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