A Christian Response to the Death of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011

Like many of you I’m confronted with mixed emotions at the news that Osama bin Laden was killed yesterday by U.S. Special Forces. I have to confess that I am thankful for justice, grateful that a murderous tyrant is no longer alive to orchestrate, inspire and conduct global acts of mass terrorism against humanity. But I am sorrowful as well, knowing that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God apart from Jesus Christ. Osama bin Laden deserved and received justice when his life ended yesterday, and now he awaits final judgment before a holy and righteous God. This is a sobering reality, and a poignant reminder that many souls today who rejoice at his death will spend an eternity with him in Hell if they do not repent of their sins and trust in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross for sin. There remain many fields to plow for the sake of the Gospel among peoples both at home and abroad. Our neighbors and the nations need the Gospel.

Denny Burk offers some more helpful thoughts about we should respond to bin Laden’s death.

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