Osama Bin Laden and Jesus Christ

Posted in Uncategorized by Stephen Stonestreet on May 2, 2011

Two Twitter posts by my friend, @bcmouser (Brandon Mouser) yesterday after the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden from surprise speech by President Obama.

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing.” – Peter #BinLaden

justice = redemption #BinLaden

These two Twitter posts speak of two different Biblical preachings, that are written all throughout scripture. They were given as a new commandment from Christ, to “love your enemies” and “do good to those who persecute you”. There is also an issue that arises when we use the word “justice” or “just” to approve of American war and killings. Listen to these scriptures again.

You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, LOVE your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – Matthew 5:43-45

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward  will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.” – Luke 6:35

Justice is not correcting wrong people, but bringing redemption to the world. To do justice and to bring  justice, is to bring reconciliation, redemption, restoration, and hope.

Now we come to the news that “Osama Bin Ladin is dead and the American’s own his body.”

And we approve of this? Because Christ said we should? Hell no.

America approves of this. “The Land of the Free, for all?”

Huh. I thought that is what we were waiting for later? That Christ would come to bring peace to all people. And that we were supposed to bring a glimpse of that peace now, into the hearts and minds of the hurting and lost. Not kill them.

Are we believing more in the gospel of America, or the gospel of Jesus Christ? Should we be proud in our “country” as Christian’s (not really our country, we should be a part of the Kingdom of God, not America) that we have killed Bin Laden and we are thankful for his death, and happy that America has his body and has done this.

Bin Laden was a sick man. He was a murderer, a mass murderer. In our sinful, fleshed out minds, we believe he should be dead. That is what America wants you to believe. But as Christian’s, we shouldn’t approve of this.

To be honest, we are the murderers and sick men and women. We lack action, and justice, and peace, and we aren’t bringing reconciliation to the world. We’re sitting on our butts, in a pew, for an hour, and then we go home and watch football, or spend $100 on dinner, when that could have fed 100 or more people in another country. What are we doing!?!

Maybe if it wasn’t for our lack of faith and actions, and creating a “safe” and “secure” and “happy” existence where we can do as we please, we would have been preaching the gospel of love, peach, grace, hope, change, restoration, redemption that all comes from Jesus Christ, not America.

Should we love Osama Bin Laden, not for what he has done, but for what Christ has done. We don’t love the sin, but we love the sinner.

Wasn’t Jesus killed because he ate and hung out with sinners? Tax collectors and prostitutes and the centurions (some that were in charge of putting people to death), and yet Jesus ate with them and loved them and pursued them.

And when Christ was on the cross, and looked down at those who put him there, we asked God the Father to “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” What? He forgave them? When he was being murdered. Wow.

Maybe we should think twice next time we hear America has killed someone else. Do we hate them? No. But we hate what they did. But why did they do it? Because that was what they were taught to do. Huh.

Now lets pursue love, action, truth, giving to the poor, and clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, and looking after the orphans, visiting the widows, and holding them in our arms while they cry, and redeeming the world for a better day, when Christ comes to bring  justice (reconciliation) for all of creation. That will be a good day.


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  1. Brandon Mouser said, on May 3, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I think people forget that Jesus was Osama Bin Laden, too.

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