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-Christian Responses to Osama bin Laden’s Death

by Dr. D ~ May 2nd, 2011

A still of 2004 Osama bin Laden video

          (Osama bin Laden via Wikipedia)

There are a number of very different Christian responses in a Christianity Today post to the death of Osama bin Laden:

How Should Christians Respond to Osama bin Laden’s Death?

Some of the responses are celebratory and others more reflective. I have read at least a couple of Christian pastors who are chiding fellow Christians for celebrating the death of a fellow human being. But was bin Laden really a ‘fellow human being’? I believe that his actions over the years which lead to the deaths of thousands may have put him in an entirely different category.

This was born out last night in our own family when we found out about bin Laden’s death. My grandson responded that finally “the worst guy ever is dead”.  Quickly his father and I pointed out to the junior high student that Hitler was far worse and so was Stalin, both responsible for the deaths of tens of millions. While Osama may not have been the worse guy ever he does receive at least a mention in that category.

My own first response was to think about how he was received by the creator. Probably far different than he expected. Much warmer even for a desert dweller and 40 demons instead of 40 virgins?

The Muslim Connection

Others are telling us to be careful about identifying Osama as a ‘Muslim’ leader. I saw a leader of CAIR last night on a newscast I really wasn’t paying that much attention to make the claim that bin Laden should not be referred to as a Muslim but merely as any other mass murderer.

Responding to that thought I recalled that several recent polls taken in the Middle East, North Africa, and in Indonesia that found large minorities of Muslims in some Muslim dominated countries were sympathetic to bin Laden and his cause. Then this morning I found this reaction from Hamas senior leader Ismail Haniyeh in the Palestinian Gaza Strip condemning the killing:

"We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs."

The best response I have seen from Muslim leaders comes from a Palestinian Authority spokesman:

  "Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods — the violent methods — that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world."

We can truly say ‘Amen’ to that.            *Top

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