This has opened fresh the wounds of the loss we all suffered over these years that were incurred at his hand. I grieve for all the lives that were lost and the families that were torn apart.
Osama bin Laden is dead.
An icon in our history, a person who is responsible for great death, destruction and horror has finally been eliminated.
Yet I can find no joy in his death.
Last night as the story unfolded, I kept thinking of him as a person, a lost soul (and I don’t think he had a revelation prior to his death because I think we would have known about it – he would have done the right thing and faced his crimes if God had truly moved in him). Luke 6:32 says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.”
What this says is we are to love the sinner. We can hate the sin, but the sinner is still a human being with a soul – a soul Jesus died for – Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Just as Jesus died for those who persecuted Him and even beat Him and put Him to death, He died for this man.
We have all sinned and to God, sin is sin is sin because the results are the same – death – eternal damnation.
I do think that leaders are held to a certain degree of accountability because they influence nations, families, churches, classrooms. But still, we are given free will by our Creator which means that ultimately we are free to choose to follow those “leaders.” At the same time, we are free to choose God.
Those who stand in leadership, though, and propel their people toward eternal damnation are particularly heinous. And they are accountable.
They hold their own will above God’s will for their lives and the lives of those for whom they are responsible. They value control and power (or the perception of it) above living a righteous life, a life for Jesus. They have not surrendered to God’s will and they need to.
Surrendering to God’s will means giving up that control, that power and living according to His word, trusting Him to take care of and provide for them, for us.
And I still grieve the soul that is lost. I don’t grieve the loss of the person’s ability to commit more sin, hurt more people, take more lives and continue on his destructive path. But I do grieve the loss of his soul for it is gone forever into darkness.
There is nothing joyful about a person spending his or her eternity in Hell.
But if you don’t like people getting really upset with you and offended, don’t say these things in public or post them on places like FaceBook or Twitter.
What I think people don’t get here is that this world is temporary. It is like a movie set and when the movie is over the set will be torn down.
Eternity is what is real. God’s Word is the truth everlasting and that is what we should be focused on because that is eternal; what leads to salvation and eternity with Him.
When we give in to our baser human emotions and tendencies, rejoicing in death, in loss of souls, we lose a part of God inside of us and we are treading in dangerous territory.
But he is a sinner.
So are you. Let God deal with it.
Today I grieve all of the souls that have been and are lost, not just the ones I think are right and worthy.
That part isn’t my business (or yours) and it is sort of contradictory to the whole business of soul winning and my job as a follower of Jesus. After all, Jesus is the one who died so he could be saved. I am sorry he threw that precious, priceless away.
Can you separate the soul from the sinner? Can you look past the sin, hating it vehemently, yet mourn the soul that is love eternally?
Just remember, Jesus died for the sinner, not the sin.