Osama Ben Laden is dead.  Reports are that he was killed by U.S. troops fighting the war against the Taliban and Terrorism.  The leader of the 9/11 attacks has been brought to the ultimate justice.  I am proud to be an American and proud of our troops who are so diligent in fulfilling their orders.  They deserve our appreciation for a job well done.

Death is a part of war, and the leaders of our enemies must know we will never give in, never give out and never give up.  The American Soldier is built of tougher stuff than that.

Their actions are not a cause of concern.

Ours is.

Watching the reporting it is easy to see a people rejoicing in death.

Death is not the business of joy.

Taking the life of another person should always weigh heavy on a nation or a person.

Is it necessary to take the life of evil men so they do not harm innocent people.  Yes.

Is it necessary to take the life of terrorists, murderers and the like to protect others.  Yes.

While their death may be necessary and just, it should not be cause for joy.

War must be fought and victory achieved decisively, yet death is not to be reveled in.

Terrorist revel in death.  Murders revel in death.  Good people doing the hard work of justice and protection of human life must never revel in death.

Those who celebrate death probably have never been very close to death as it occurs.

We can support our soldiers, fly the flag of our country and stand in agreement with what has occurred, but American must never revel in death.

A culture that rejoices in death will reap that reward.

Ephesians 6:11-13 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ESV

Proverbs 24:17-18 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him.” ESV
This is a spiritual battle, one that is not over yet.  A Taliban leader is gone, not the Taliban and not the terrorists we face.

Based on his beliefs and professions, Osama Ben Laden now inhabits hell and is experiencing everything God has promised to hells inhabitants.  Any hope of leading him to Christ are now gone.  Should we celebrate that?  Who is next?  We should be trying to share the Gospel with them NOW!

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