Is It “UnChristian” To Rejoice Over Bin Ladins Death?

04 May
Osama bin Laden Killed; A Snapshot in time

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Many have responded to our post on the death of Bin Ladin. Some gave a hearty  amen, while others graciously but firmly disagreed. 

 I continue to maintain the same position and do so based on the biblical reality of the “presence of the future.” Simply put, what we will perfectly do in the eschatological future, we may now righteously express with degree in our present finite flawedness. Thus, Proverbs 11:10 is appropriate by saying, “when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness!”

However, it may prove more beneficial to hear from those who have actually demonstrated the ministerial  grasp of what it means to be a genuine  “word-smith”.

Michael Horton and John Piper articulate  in-depth positions and both are posted over at Justin Taylors Gospel Coalition site. Here are excerpts from both.


 “ Mike Horton offers a helpful two-kingdom perspective, with three applications regarding our response: (1) we can rejoice that even in this present evil age, God’s common grace and common justice are being displayed through secular authorities; (2) we cannot rejoice in the death of the wicked any more than does God (Ezek. 18:23); (3) the mandate to believe and to proclaim the gospel to every person is all the more urgent.”

” John Piper: 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.

Piper goes on to explain the biblical way in which God can both approve and disapprove the death of Osama bin Laden, and why this is not double-talk.


Posted by on May 4, 2011 in eschatology, Eternal Judgment, gospel, hell, justice


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2 responses to “Is It “UnChristian” To Rejoice Over Bin Ladins Death?

  1. Mike DeNatale

    May 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Great post. I think it’s best to reserve some of our judgement. New and differing accounts about OBL’s death are coming out by the hour. Armed or unarmed. Did the SEAL’s fear he might be wearing a suicide vest. Wife used as human shield or she actively participated. Let’s use scripture in context in this very public debate. Not as a stick to beat the sheep.
    about a minute ago

  2. Erik Robl

    May 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

    We live in the now and the not yet. Our swords are not yet beat into plowshares. The military and civil justice systems are necessary until that time comes. We are torn 2 ways as believers. Rejoicing that an objective in a war has been achieved while at the same time reflecting that a much greater objective would have been to reach his soul. Why are there men like OBL? Why is the world so dark? Because I have not yet allowed my light to shine. I pray kingdom come, God’s will be done; but sit in the dark and curse instead of lighting a candle. I am no pacifist, and would have shot the man on sight myself, but I am also mindful of Jesus rebuke,”Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.”


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