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Osama Bin Laden is dead. How should Christians receive this news?

Osama Bin Laden is dead. How should Christians receive this news?

Numerous news outlets are reporting that President Barack Obama will soon announce that Osama Bin Laden has been killed. How should Christians receive this news? It seems wrong to find pleasure, or even relief in the death of any human being. Yet …

Let’s think this through together. What are your thoughts?


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I believe we are commanded to pray for our enemies. I have experienced greater rest in the assurance that God is with all of us when I have practiced accordingly. I’ve even managed to pray for George W. Bush, who, it is worth our remembering, started unjust wars that have killed far more people than OBL even managed to kill. Not that OBL wouldn’t have gone for greater numbers if he could have achieved them.

I can pray for OBL and should. In God there is no time.

Jan Adams

Ernest Disney-Britton

I would be deceiving myself if I tried to deny the joy/relief of the news of this execution. No figure since Hitler has been as reviled. I may not feel good about the joy but it is balanced against the pain/angst I’ve felt for 10 yrs. I admire the greater nobility of others on this page, and I pray tomorrow I will be better but today, as a Christian I receive this news with joy that his days of demonizing are done.

Gregory Orloff

Saint Isaac of Nineveh said that a Christian heart must pray for all of creation: “humans, birds, animals and even demons.” “At the sight and recollection of them, such a person’s eyes fill with tears that arise from the great compassion which weighs on his or her heart. The heart grows tender and cannot endure to hear of or look upon any injury, even the smallest suffering, inflicted on anything in creation. For this reason, such a person prays increasingly with tears, even for irrational animals and for enemies of truth and all who harm it, that they may be guarded and be forgiven. The compassion that pours out from his or her heart without measure — like God’s — extends even to reptiles.”

A tall order, but nobody ever said Christlikeness would be easy. This brief prayer from Saint Basil of Caesarea fits well with situations like this: “Lord, sustain the good in their goodness, and make the evil good through your goodness.” And, of course, in all things: “Your will be done, on earth as in heaven…”


I think it’s a slippery slope for a powerful nation to rejoice in the death of individuals and begs us to think about what we mean when we use the word, justice.

Paul Woodrum

He becomes a martyr and gets lots of virgins, according to his god. As for us, more trouble. Pretty soon we’re going to run out of liberties to sacrfice for our security. Then the end. Kyrie eleison!

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