Lesson PDF link: Conviction on Bin Laden Raid
On May 1, 2011, The U.S. Raided Osama Bin Laden's Compound In Abbotibad, Pakistan. It was attacked on orders from President Barack Obama.
They came into the area in the early morning and captured and killed the terrorist kingpin for his crimes against humanity and then the U.S. Bin Laden was buried at sea in a weighted bag.
Afterwards, the news started to spread across the world. At around 11:30pm, President Obama made a speech that will forever be referred back to by the media as a successful announcement. There is pretty much no doubt in just about everyone's mind that Bin Laden was taken out.
Unfortunately, there are some bad things (and one in particular) about this attack. Although Bin Laden certainly was taken out successfully and we have no casualties in the U.S. and the terrorist king did deserve what he received, there are a lot of sore winners out there. In New York and D.C., there were a lot of celebrations and gloating going on. Our people were so endowed with this that there was a lot of "in your face" attitude. It is true that Osama Bin Laden was definitely an enemy of The U.S. and a lot of the world's people, but we shouldn't gloat and carry on about it.
The Bible States:
Pr 24:1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;
Pr 24:2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble.
Pr 24:3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
Pr 24:4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
Pr 24:5 A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength;
Pr 24:6 for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.
Pr 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.
Pr 24:8 He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.
Pr 24:9 The schemes of folly are sin, and men detest a mocker.
Pr 24:10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!
Pr 24:11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
Pr 24:12 If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?
Pr 24:13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Pr 24:14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Pr 24:15 Do not lie in wait like an outlaw against a righteous man's house, do not raid his dwelling place;
Pr 24:16 for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.
Pr 24:17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
Pr 24:18 or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him.
Pr 24:19 Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of the wicked,
Pr 24:20 for the evil man has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
Pr 24:21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious,
Pr 24:22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Bin Laden built his house on unstable ground (a life not well spent--and definitely not truly God- fearing except his sick mind)
People that are watching should want to not want his way and not crave his kind of influence in life and power over people. He is never ever going to be an example of a godly man and certainly not one to be friends with. Bin Laden waged war, but his advisers are not wise with God's kind of insight, so how can Al'Qaeda win? God will not let them succeed who vow to hurt His people and way of holiness. Bin Laden wasn't wise and schemed for his "spiritual living" Bin Laden will always be remembered in infamy (deservedly so). So it is easy to have hate for him. Bin Laden unfortunately could not be held back from his madness and he paid for this with his life. God however is the sole judge of men, God and God alone. We do not know what happened necessarily in the very last seconds of his physical life. Rest assured if wisdom relates to honey in its sweetness (and it does) then Osama Bin Laden's life is very tart. We didn't raid Bin Laden's home for nothing-- he is a world-renowned terrorist and needed to be stopped and was hunted down and then brought down by his deeds of evil.
If we gloat and celebrate like lunatics however, we are no better. It will incite more violence and will not bring God's blessing, but the exact opposite. We also need to forgive such enemies and then live by example. We should not envy or be afraid of such a man or his network, but fear (revere) God and claim protection and justice in faith of the One who guards our lives and bids us to come to Him for everything. Evil men will see calamity without remedy in their physical and spiritual life if repentance is not honest. We need to pray for our enemies to come to Jesus because He can make the vilest sinner clean. May God bless everyone with the right mind about this!
The truth is that God created Osama Bin Laden for a purpose and wants these types of people (and everyone) saved. No one is without sin except Jesus our Lord. Unfortunately, Bin Laden didn't fulfill his purpose prescribed by God. Bin Laden could have used his inheritance to be a good influence on the world and do all sorts of good. This is of course along with the fact that he could have become a very powerful Christian example with Jesus' help. Instead Bin Laden wasted his time making a terrorist network that no one in their right mind can tolerate. May we show the world by example, writing, music, and word of mouth that Jesus lives and wants to save even the "Osama Bin Laden" type people of the world.