frank – completely honest
Ok, so I am reaching a bit on the title of this one. Forgive me, please?
These are simply some honest thoughts that have been on my mind today.
Over the past 18 hours or so (minus the 6 hours or so of sleep that I got) I have witnessed the announcement about Osama bin Laden’s killing and the subsequent media blitz regarding the topic. As I finished my last post I could not help but connect what I had been reading and thinking about (Heaven/Hell) with current events.
Let me ask you again…What do you believe about Heaven and Hell? The traditional belief seems to be that Hell is eternal punishment for all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior. Honestly, I cannot think of many Christians that would disagree with that definition. I have also heard it described as eternal separation from God. In which case the next comment is usually something like, ‘Separation from God is eternal punishment.’
When someone leaves this life, those of us that are left behind tend to make a judgment based on what we know about the deceased. The judgment usually relates to whether or not the deceased was ‘good’ or ‘bad’; ‘saved’ or ‘lost’. Think about it for a second…How do you respond when someone dies? Do you make those judgments? Should you make those judgments? Can you make that judgment?
Getting specific to the moment, How did you react when you heard that Osama bin Laden had been killed? Was he a ‘good’ person or a ‘bad’ person? Is he in Heaven or Hell? Are you celebrating his death? I ask because the response I am seeing from many Christians that I am friends with is one of celebration and joy. As a Christian I am struggling with this response.
Should we really be celebrating the death of a man who, based on what we believe, will spend eternity separated from God? I know this particular man is accused of many atrocities against the United States and all Americans. I know that he even claimed ownership of many of these atrocities. I will agree that this particular man made choices in his life that were not what I would consider Godly choices. All that being said, as followers of Christ I am not sure we should be celebrating that an individual has died and is possibly destined for an eternity in Hell. Did that even cross our minds when we heard the news? Shouldn’t our hearts be broken that this man’s life may have ended without hope?
I hope some of you reading will comment on this one. Like I said, I am struggling with many of the posts I am seeing on facebook and twitter. Maybe it is just me, but it is difficult to see God’s love and grace in the comments and images that are being posted.