Love Your Enemy, Hate the Wicked

The Bible walks a balance between loving our enemies and hating those who do evil deeds. These two ideas seem contradictory, but in reality they are two sides to the same coin. That coin is Gods justice.

On the one side we read verses like these:

Psalm 5:5

The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.

Psalm 26:5

I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and I will not sit with the wicked.

These two verses represent the strongest statements in the Bible about God’s perfect judgements. He is righteous beyond any fault, and because of this, He cannot stand the presence of evil. In this way, God hates all evildoers. And, if evildoer defined as anyone who does evil, we are included in this group of people.

But, Matthew 5:43-45 tells us that there are two sides to this coin. It says:

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

And Romans 5:10 says:

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

And again Romans 3:23-26 says:

23 for fall have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God jput forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

What does this all mean?

It means that we were enemies of God because of our evil ways, but through Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God because He has poured out His justice against us upon Jesus, so that instead of receiving the just punishment for our sins, all who put their hope in Christ will receive the benefits of His perfect life. He becomes our sin, we become His righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)

So how should we respond to Bin Laden’s death.

Rejoice that God is carrying out His justice upon those who do evil.
Tremble that without Christ, we are deserving of the same fate.
Mourn
that another soul will spend eternity in hell because of their rebellion against God.

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