Is God glad that Osama bin Laden is dead? Prominent evangelical pastor John Piper says yes and no.
God’s emotions, like humans, are complex and not always black and white as some portray them to be, writes Piper, founder of the ministry Desiring God, on the group’s blog this week. It is true that He delights in the death of the wicked, but at the same time death does not bring God pleasure.
Citing Ezekiel 18:23, 32, Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, points out that the Bible records, “I do not pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” more >>
From Ground Zero to the gates of the White House to Citizens Bank baseball park in Philadelphia, Americans spontaneously erupted in celebration.
We got him! Osama bin Laden had received his just reward.
Bin Laden’s death is a tremendous triumph for President Obama, General Patreaus, for the CIA and the intelligence community, and for the brave members of our special forces. more >>
LAHORE, Pakistan – On Monday morning, Pakistan suddenly found itself between a rock and a hard place when U.S. President Barack Obama broke the news of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden’s killing in a U.S. commando raid in Pakistan. "Justice has been done," the U.S. president said Sunday night in a televised statement that Americans had been waiting a decade to hear.
The fact that bin Laden was killed just a few hundred meters away from Pakistan’s main military academy raises questions about how the six-foot-four fugitive, one of the most famous faces in the world, managed to survive there for so long despite denials by the country’s military and political leadership that the al-Qaida supreme leader was present on Pakistani soil.
The incident is also most likely to unleash a flurry of violence in Pakistan by angry Islamist militants and al-Qaida sympathizers to whom bin Laden was a great hero, and now an even greater martyr. Pakistan is already reeling from various serious crises and the incident is bound to bring more bloodshed to the country which has already lost thousands of lives to terrorism. more >>
Osama bin Laden is dead. President Obama spoke with clarity and resolution when he addressed the American people last night: “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”
That single sentence, delivered in a nearly unprecedented late-night Sunday address by an American president, encapsulates the moral context of the action. First, the President took responsibility for the act that ended bin Laden’s life. Osama bin Laden did not die an accidental death, nor a death by natural causes. The United States “conducted an operation” that resulted in his death. Second, the operation ended the life of one who was “a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.”
In his short and historic address, the President justified the military action in terms of an act of war. In reality, the operation was a stunning affirmation of the effectiveness of American military expertise, combined with a remarkable intelligence achievement. Bin Laden was killed even as he was within a highly-guarded, encircled compound with walls and defenders. The act was fully justified by the demands of just war theory, the historic Christian means of moral reasoning that measures the justification for acts of lethal force. more >>
Missionary groups are asking U.S. Christians to pray for peace and safety as well as the opportunity to spread the Gospel as word of Osama bin Laden's death spreads across the globe.
The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention says it has more than 5,000 personnel members serving internationally, several of whom have been calling the Virginia headquarters today with a message for Americans. "They have really pled that Christians here, instead of celebrating, would fall on their knees and pray for an opportunity to share the Gospel," said Wendy Norvelle, IMB associate vice president and spokesperson.
Norvelle noted that in the aftermath of any death, people turn to faith for comfort and answers. In the aftermath of bin Laden's death, she anticipates that many people will be seeking to feel safe and assured. more >>
LONDON – The Vatican has said that it hopes Osama bin Laden’s death will lead to the growth of peace and not hatred.
Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said in a statement that the al-Qaida leader held the “gravest responsibility for spreading hatred and division among people, causing the deaths of countless people, and exploiting religion for this purpose.”
He suggested, however, that his death was not an occasion for rejoicing but rather one for reflecting on man’s responsibilities. more >>