When I heard Osama Bin Laden was dead I had mixed feelings.  I feel compassion for those who lost loved ones on 9/11.  I also feel compassion for a man who will now spend eternity in Hell.  I found myself a time or two praying for his salvation.  What a story that would be. What a testimony. 

I'm reminded of Paul, the apostle previously known as Saul.  Saul was known for his persecution of Christians.  Much like Osama, Saul called the shots.  He sent out his followers to kill anyone who professed Christ. 

"Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord's followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them - both men and women - back to Jerusalem in chains.
As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"
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And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is indeed the Son of God!"
All who heard him were amazed. "Isn't this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus' followers in Jerusalem?"
(excerpts from Acts 9)

His name was later changed to Paul and he was one of the men who took the Gospel to the Gentiles.  We are all sinful and have the opportunity to be made righteous through Jesus Christ.  I wish that had happened in his life. I am very proud of our troops and support their efforts to defend and protect our country; I am also glad to see a step towards the death of terrorism, but I don't want anyone, no matter who they are, to spend eternity separated from God in Hell.

"'Do you think that I like to see wicked people die?' says the Sovereign Lord.
'Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.'"
Ezekiel 18:23

Let's pray for the nation of Islam to turn towards the truth of Jesus Christ! He is more than able!

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!"
Ephesians 3:20

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