Solemn Justice

Posted on May 2, 2011

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With the purpose of this blog being Biblical apologetics, I’ve pondered whether or not to address the death of Osama Bin Laden. I’ve consequently realized that part of Biblical apologetics is to learn to look at things with a Biblical worldview. So, in light of the mass celebration and rejoicing over the death of Bin Laden, I thought that I would try to put it into a Biblical perspective.

While I completely understand the elation of so many people, we must be very careful how we, as Christians, handle the downfall of our enemies. There is certainly no doubt that the actions of our President and military were necessary and just, but Proverbs tells us not to rejoice in their fall, or to be glad at calamity.

Proverbs 24:17-18
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, And He turn away His wrath from him.

Proverbs 17:5

“He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.”

Job, as well, was careful not to rejoice at the destruction of his enemies.

Job 31:29–30

29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, Or lifted myself up when evil found him 30 (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for a curse on his soul);

While Ezekial makes it very clear that God does not enjoy it when the wicked die, He would rather see repentance.

Ezekiel 33:11
11 Say to them: “ As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel? ’

The Lord God is a Righteous, Holy, and Just God, and the persecution of His children does not go unnoticed. Rest assured God does not sit idly by, and in His perfect time, judgment will be executed. But we must understand that God’s will for all people is that they would turn to Him.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

There you have it, God is patient so that people can repent. It’s only when He is left no other choice that He executes judgment.

Remember, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was for all people, not just a select few.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:13
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. ”

John 12:32
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. ”

Unfortunately, many people reject the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When this happens, and they die in thier sins, being doomed to an eternity in hell, and it grieves God.

In closing, it is certainly not wrong to ask God for justice or to take joy in His greatness when He delivers, but we should always be careful not to gloat or rejoice in the downfall of another. It is true that there are some Old Testament Biblical examples of God causing Israel rejoice after a victory, but each of those must be put into their proper perspective. The scope of this article does not warrant a detailed analysis of those passages, but I will provide a general explanation. In the instances that God causes Israel to rejoice in its victories,  the celebration is not because of the destruction of the enemy. Instead, it is about the deliverence of Israel, and God’s protection of them.

Its all a matter of perspective. A carnal worldview leads one to rejoice in personal vengance, and breeds hatred and unforgiveness. A Biblical worldview leads one to rejoice in God and His justice, while still having compassion and love for the lost soul. I challenge everyone to adopt a Biblical worldview.

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