Public enemy #1 Osama Bin Laden is no more!

Where were you when you head the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed?

I was sitting in Applebees with friends after the evening church service. We were talking about random other topics, when all the TV’s in the restaurant tuned into various news stations. I called my parents right away and told them to turn on the news because history had just been made! It’s a great day to be an American.

At first, I was trying to decide whether I wanted to believe the news or not. Perhaps it was just a lie; a decoy; something to distract the world while more plots of terror were brought to fruition. But it was confirmed: public enemy #1 Osama Bin Laden has been killed and his body is in American hands!

Apparently there was a lot of speculation on whether or not it was an air strike or a drone strike, but it’s also been confirmed that Bin Laden was killed in a ground attack operation by special forces. Can I just say that I am proud to be an American!

And 9/11 was an inside job? I’m glad the record’s straight now for all who believed that wacked-out idea. Did everyone else see the video clip where Osama gloated and boasted about how the results of Al Qaeda’s attacks on the twin towers were above and beyond anything they had hoped would happen?!

I keep seeing all these status updates on facebook where people are saying that we shouldn’t rejoice over Osama’s death because he was a person with a soul and will spend eternity in Hell. Bible verses such as Proverbs 24:17-18, Ezekiel 18:32, Ephesians 4:15, Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27. And to that I say: Osama was murdered mass amounts of people – men, women, children – without a just cause. He waged war on the United States of America, sent boys to do “his job” while he cowered away in caves and rat holes. He strapped bombs to women and sent them into public marketplaces to wreak havoc on innocent lives. So forgive me, please, if I’m slightly ecstatic that justice has been served on the greatest enemy America has had over the past 10+ years.

I realize that it’s not all over yet. I realize that we’re still in a war, and that Osama’s death will probably cause the militant extremist terrorist groups to strike out again in heavy attacks. But the leader is dead. The one who started this whole ordeal is out of the picture. I wonder how he’s enjoying those 70 virgins…

President Bush posted the following on facebook regarding the news of Osama’s death:

May 1, 2011

Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

Can I also just say that I wish I still had a Bush/Cheney yard sign to stick in my front lawn.  :]

Also, I want to say that I listened to a full speech by President Obama for the first time since he campaigned for or has been the president of this country. While I thought it was one of the best speeches that he’s given, I also thought it rather ironic that he would take credit for this whole ordeal. Well, instead, I say thank you to our men and women in uniform. You do America proud.

May we never forget the day the world turned dark here in America: 9.11.01. May God continue to bless America.

You may find this little tidbit of information interesting: Hitler announced dead May 1st, 1945. Bin Laden announced dead May 1st, 2011. 66 years apart.

It’s late (after 1:00 AM to be exact), my mind is tired. And my thoughts are scattering like chicken feathers in the wind. If this post doesn’t make a bit of sense or sounds a bit like a midnight rambling session, I apologize. With that said, I’m going to call it a night. Answer me these questions though:

  1. Where were you when you first heard the news of the terror attacked on September 11, 2001?
  2. Where were you when you first heard the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden?
  3. What are your thoughts regarding September 11, 2011: inside job or terrorist attack?
  4. What are your thoughts about Osama Bin Laden’s death?
  5. How exactly should Christians react to the news of Bin Laden’s death?
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Posted on May 2, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. 1. in bed at home; hubby rushed in to tell me America was under attack.
    2. Backyard burger after Church with friends
    3. terrorist/cowardly attack
    4. God is good!

    • God IS good. All the time. Amen.

      1. I was at home working on homework when my mother called me into her room where the TV was on and we watched the live coverage. My brother and I sat there with our jaws gaping open.
      2. As the post said, I was at Applebees.
      3. There is no doubt in my mind that 9/11 was a terrorist attack. And my beliefs were only strengethened when I watched Osama’s video clip regarding that attack.
      4. I am glad that justice has been served.

      Thank you for your comment!

  2. Ten years ago, I was going into the kitchen to get some apple juice when I found my mom crying and watching the TV. I never did get my apple juice.

    Tonight, I was sewing in my room, just finished something I was excited about, and came into the living room where my parents were watching AFV to show it off. Just then the special report started.

    Some of the reactions I saw on FB that I was really proud of were: “Osama Bin Laden is dead. Its a necessary evil. Please treat it as such.” and “Christians, whatever we see in the news, please remember that we are not brothers with Death, but with Christ, and that even though our judgements may be necessary, only His judgement is perfect.” One that I was very NOT proud of was “Rot in hell you evil scum!!! I hope they leave your body in the sun to decay in humiliation!” All of these were by Christian friends of mine whose walks I know to be genuine.

    My feeling: Death sucks. War sucks. Having to kill someone in the name of protecting others sucks. However, it was good, it was necessary, and the world has every right to rejoice that bin Laden is no longer on this planet. Should we then rejoice that his eternal torment has only just begun? Heck NO!!! I think today God is glad that justice has been done and peace is one step nearer (debatable, but whatever), but also brokenhearted that one of the humans he created and died for and was no doubt pursuing is now spending eternity away from him. SHAME ON ANYONE who would rejoice in that.

    • Caitlyn; thanks for your thoughts about grieving over his death. I also don’t believe we should rejoice either.

      I wrote something about how I believe his death should cause us to have a time of sombre reflection and be remorseful here http://craigbenno1.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/bin-laden-cain-and-able/

      • I do not grieve over his death. The way I see it – God gave the man many years to repent, and then He took him.
        I am sad for His soul’s (probable) eternal destination, but I do not grieve for his death.

        As Caitlyn mentioned in her comment: it was necessary.

    • Caitlyn,

      Thank you for this comment. Well said.

    • Caitlyn, I couldn’t agree with you more. To summarize a comment I left on another “Osama Bin Laden” blog post elsewhere, I said something like:

      “I am not rejoicing that Osama probably split Hell wide open. But I am rejoicing that justice was served here on earth. I am happy that he is no longer on the scene or ‘in power.’ And I’m thankful that he was killed before he could plot and plan even more terrorist attacks to be launched against the USA.”

      Thank you for your comment!

  3. Sept. 1, 2001: I was at my job as a school nurse in Alamo, TX when I heard the news on the radio that I had in my office. I ran across the hall to the library, where the administrators were having a meeting, to inform them that America was under attack. They just stared at me as if I were crazy, but I got them to turn on the TV and of course it was all over the news.

    May 1, 2011: I was in my living room watching some programs I had TiVO’d and my son came running from his room to tell me that Osama Bin Laden was dead and was in American hands. I switched to live TV and again, this was all over the news.

    No doubt in my mind that is was a terrorist attack. Something I have learned and makes very good sense is: “You can fool some people, some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.”

    I agree 100% with Caitlyn’s comments above and how it should cause much somber reflection on all that has taken place in the last 10 years.

    I can certainly understand the celebration that some people feel and are exhibiting in the streets, but what I imagined was Hitler, upon meeting Bin Laden in hell, saying, “If only I could have warned you that all your evil deeds could and never will triumph over a sovreign God. Now you will begin to reap what you have sown on earth and you will truly KNOW what evil and suffering is.”

    • “If only I could have warned you that all your evil deeds could and never will triumph over a sovreign God. Now you will begin to reap what you have sown on earth and you will truly KNOW what evil and suffering is.”

      Hm. reminds me of the story of the rich man and Lazarus.

      Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you.

  4. Woo! Sorry.

    1. At the kitchen table, doing schoolwork (I was homeschooled) My mother came out and turned on the TV and called us to come and see.

    2. At the computer, just a few minutes ago. I wasn’t by a computer or television last night, I was too tired.

    3. Terrorist attack, a monstrous act of cowardice.

    4. Praise God. He has seen to it that this man has been removed.

    5. Positively. God isn’t crying over it and neither should we, he was given an opportunity to repent but he rejected Christ and lived a God-hating life. He died when God wanted him to die. I can rejoice that justice has been served, and in God’s Providence.

    By the way, I love Former President Bush’s comment.

    • Please note, not in his death, but in God’s Providence, not in the death of a soul, but in justice being meted out. Let’s not be cruel, but let’s not be wish-washy either. God has allowed this to happen and He has His reasons.

    • I agree with your “woo!” :]

      I also greatly enjoyed Pres. Bush’s statement. He did a good job with that.

  5. 1. My son and I had just come back into town from a day of working 30 miles out in the desert. As we stopped to pick up our mail, a pickup parked near us had its radio on with the account of the World Trade
    Towers’ destruction. My first thought was “is this another science fiction broadcast like “The
    War of the Worlds?” It was soon apparent that it wasn’t. We were shaken, somewhat like when I watched the Shuttle Challenger explode (I saw that in person, not on TV, had worked there, and knew one of the men on it, which made it very personal though the death toll was miniscule in comparison).

    2. We were feeding a pancake breakfast to the neighborhood kids to whom we’ve been ministering, and one of them told us.

    3. Never any doubt at all it was a terrorist attack.

    4 & 5 – Caitlyn answered these very well. I can’t do better.

  6. I remember what I felt when our house was broken into -violated; then the bad guys were caught -relieved; .. and they were just teenagers -sad.
    It is hard not to feel satisfied when justice is served even when we have been given mercy and grace.

    “For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good” Rom 13:4

    http://thoughtswithaccent.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/feelings-about-osama-bin-laden/

    • So long as you remember that the mercy and grace of God has been extended to all people. Bin Laden chose to reject it and follow after Islam.
      Based on that, I rejoice that justice was served. I only wish it would have happened sooner. But God’s timing is always best.

  7. “Where were you when you first heard the news of the terror attacked on September 11, 2001?”
    I think I was in the living room of our old house…
    “Where were you when you first heard the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden?”
    Upstairs living room/dining room area.
    “What are your thoughts regarding September 11, 2011: inside job or terrorist attack?”
    Terrorist attack. The conspiracy theory stuff is insane.
    “What are your thoughts about Osama Bin Laden’s death?”
    I’m not crying over it. He was a wicked, evil rebel against God, under God’s wrath and hatred (Psalms 5:5-6, John 3:36, etc.), as are all unbelievers. Nonetheless, his punishment will doubtlessly be greater than most of his kind (Revelation 20).

    I look at it this way: Soberly. A wicked man, who was very open about his wickedness, is dead. Nonetheless, outside of God’s grace, I could be him, or worse.
    “How exactly should Christians react to the news of Bin Laden’s death?”
    Soberly, I think; after all, keep Matthew 5:44 in mind.

    However, we shouldn’t be lovey-dovey either. It is not a good thing he is in Sheol/Hades – but, he is, doubtlessly.

    Just my thoughts.
    God bless,
    Joel >.
    2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 5:8.

  8. ^

    “Upstairs living room/dining room area.”
    I think…

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