by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

Sometimes, the combination of a serious theme with a frivolous format provides a study in contrast.

It’s late, but bin Laden is dead,
He now faces judgment ahead,
The Christian is torn,
If he ought to mourn,
Or if he should party instead.

2 thoughts on “Limerick: Bin Laden

  1. For our bulletin this past Lord’s Day, I wrote the following article. Don

    When the Wicked Perish
    By Don Ruhl

    With the killing Usama bin Laden this past week by American forces, and the rejoicing over it around the world, especially in the United States, we have witnessed the fulfilling of the following two passages of Scripture: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation” (Proverbs 11.10), and “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase” (Proverbs 28.28).
    The government, as ordained by God, has done what it is supposed to do, as Paul wrote, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil…he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13.3, 4).
    God wants governments to carry out His vengeance on murderers, even saying, “Cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood” (Jeremiah 48.10).
    We often complain about our government, but let us be quick to praise it when it does God’s will, and let us not turn this into another reason for partisanship, for the Bible says, such is a work of the flesh, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are…contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies…and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5.19–21).
    Also, Usama bin Laden now knows the truth, that Islam is not of God, but that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and bin Laden’s torment at having led many people astray is beyond imagination.

    • Good article, Don. There was a lot more belly-button analysis than I figured there’d be. I tried to be “nuanced” in my article, while recognizing that, when it’s all said and done, it was right for him to have encountered justice.

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