The death of Osama Bin Laden (a thought on justice)

Cynics will say this does not change anything. Terrorism will not cease and Bin Laden was no longer a major player.
Critics will say we have wasted time and money tracking Bin Laden.
Others have said it does not change anything because it does not bring back those who died on September 11th.

While I do not think it is wise to rejoice in death and we always have to guard ourselves from being consumed with revenge, we need justice. Carrying out justice matters.
If evil is allowed to live without fear of any kind of correction, we are so much the worse as individuals and as societies. Romans 13:4 says, “But if you do wrong, be afraid, because it does not carry the sword for no reason.”
When justice is not done, evil think it can do as it pleases and the result is more injustice. This is why God beats a consistent drum to His people: Do justice.

We are told to seek justice (Isaiah 1:17), preserve justice (Isaiah 56:1), administer justice (Jeremiah 22:3), maintain justice (Hosea 12:6), and establish justice (Amos 5:15).

Please don’t misunderstand. I am not playing the “God is on our side” card. The United States should humbly and soberly consider the God of justice and not think that we are always the “good guys.” When we flaunt a life outside of God’s system, we will also need to be set straight.
So, we do not rejoice in death or revenge, we rejoice anytime the world is set right. We rejoice whenever there is justice. We ought to take justice very seriously. It is not a flippant thing. We cannot flippantly say, “It doesn’t matter.” And we cannot flippantly say, “Bin Laden is dead.” We all should reflect on the importance of justice to a world that is still not right and never will be until God makes all things right in the end.


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