Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead...
The news that Osama bin Laden is dead has produced images of celebration and dancing in the streets, much as did the tragic events of 9-11 among radical Islamists. I have a problem with that for two reasons.
First, though I readily admit that bin Laden's demise is both a military and a psychological victory, it is as any death of an unsaved human being a tragedy. Barring some end-of-life miracle of God's mercy (mercy which we ALL need!), the man has stepped into a horrible eternity. Though we may feel that he deserves it, we must never forget that apart from the death of Christ, we all deserve the same.
Second, as I learned in my research and writing of People of the Book, the heartbreaking treatment of women, particularly Christian women, in the Saudi kingdom and other Muslim nations, will not cease as a result of bin Laden's death, nor will radical Muslims who are dedicated to wiping out Israel and Western civilization stop their ongoing attempts to strike at the heart of what they view as their enemy.
Muslims are no different than the rest of us. They too have been made in the image of God, and they too need a Savior. And as we who have met and received our Savior know so well, "there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we MUST be saved." May the passing of Osama bin Laden renew our commitment and passion to pray for all people everywhere--Muslim or otherwise--who have yet to accept the priceless gift of God's only Son!