It's been all over the news for a couple of days: Osama bin Laden, enemy of the United States and the murderer of thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001 is dead after a raid on his compound in Pakistan.
I see many Americans celebrating the death of al Quaeda's leader. Even many Christians.
This bothers me to no end. Yes, Osama did get what he deserved, long overdue as it was. But haven't we all sinned? If justice is what we want for Osama, then shouldn't we all die?
The point is, all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the wages of sin is DEATH. That's why Jesus had to come; so He could take the punishment for us, and give us the gift of eternal life--a gift that none of us deserves but many of us have. Unfortunately, not everyone receives that gift.
Just thinking about where Osama might be right now, grieves me. I hope he had a chance to get mercy, because God is not willing that any should perish. What an awful surprise--he probably thought he was going to meet his ten virgins on the other side, but no...he probably met torment and eternal punishment.
Mercy, not justice. That is the cry of God's heart, and it should be ours too.