Justice and the blood of Christ

There is a lot of reaction to the killing of Osama Bin Laden and many Christians are feeling the tension of rejoicing for justice but not celebrating death. Our worldview is indeed shaped by what Christ has accomplished on the cross but at times that right view of life through a gospel lens gets clouded by our own depravity and sense of incomplete justice.

Rather than compose a post of my thoughts on the news I thought it best to hear the gospel from others. One great post on being reserved and not quick to pontificate by Jonathan Dodson is worth a read. And below is a note from Ben Brophy, a close friend and partner in ministry. This post is an expansion of what has been posted at Men in the Word

This post is going to be almost wholly topical, can I even do that? I’m going for it, Shradar you can tell me I’m a heretic later. I woke up tonight at 1:30 to pick up my girlfriend from the airport and was met with news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by American forces. Simultaneously, I saw footage of Americans celebrating justice for this terrorist.

That public celebration reminded me that by nature, humanity does seek justice, it fits with our God-given sense of the world and Osama Bin-Laden rightly faced justice in this world and in the next. Mark Driscoll posted a few verses that pertain here. I’ll repeat them here

Romans 13 “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God…if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

Psalm 5:5 “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.”

I’m going to be a bit cliche here, but before a perfect and Holy God, we are equally if not more repugnant than Osama Bin Laden was to the world. This is why I get on my knees and thank God for sending his son to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Righteous judgement will come for us all and because of that, I’m grateful for Jesus tonight.

Yesterday I saw a clear example of people crying out for justice and that cry being met. God’s own character cries out for a greater, more complete justice, thankfully, he also provides the ultimate mercy in the person of Christ whose death on the cross provides us with perfect standing as children of God.


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