Based on the Biblical references I am seeing on Twitter and Facebook, there seems to be a bit of a debate whether or not it is “Christlike” to be satisfied and take pleasure in the death of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
God loves justice, but He also asks us to love our enemies. (Mt 5:43-44) He says that He hates those who shed innocent blood and devise schemes (Prov 6:16-19), but also He also takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. (Ezekiel 33:11)
Is it possible to satisfied in the justice applied to bin Laden and simultaneously love someone who was an enemy? Is it that Jesus was asking us to love our enemies, not to change them, but to change us? Was He asking us to hate evil in all forms while hoping that all might have the hope found in a new life? Was He also asking us to love and celebrate justice, while not gloating or taking pleasure that death might occur through achieving that same justice?
Moments like these raise more questions than answers. The central question remaining….
How do you simultaneously love justice and the brutal terrorist murderer Osama bin Laden?