For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn and live. Ezekiel 18:32
[God] desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Sometimes I wonder why people respond certain ways to world events. For instance, it was reported that the death of Princess Diana was one of the greatest tragedies of last century. Maybe not so. It was a terrible accident, but I would consider two World Wars, massive amounts of international conflict, the outbreak of HIV and AIDS and many other events to be more tragic than a British princess dying in an accident (I think that I’ve said that before, but oh well…). However, this does not mean that we are allowed to be complacent about these things.
Here comes the attack-
I am down-right angry with many Christians today. Soon after it happened, I heard (via Twitter of all places) that Michael Jackson was dead. I proceeded to spread the story around to some brothers and sisters in Christ. The most common answer? “Good! He should be dead!”, “It’s about time!”, “That’s one less child molestor out there!”. As if that isn’t enough, I even heard of a Face Book fan page devoted to those who were happy that he had died.
Something about that just doesn’t show grace, compassion, or love- but instead bitterness, pride, and selfishness.
How to act-
For those of you in Christiandom who rejoiced at this man’s passing, I have one thing to say. How dare you? What evil befell your heart to rejoice at the death of the wicked? Not even God does that! Yes, he most likely did the things he was accused of, but here, I am reminded of lyrics from Relient K-
We think those thoughts, whether or not we see them through…
According to the Bible, we are all bad, evil, sinful people. So if we are glad when wicked people die, we are in a way calling ourselves more righteous than we actually are.
Thoughts to consider
If you rejoiced at the death of this man, or of anyone in the past- repent to God. Repent to that person’s family.
If someone near you rejoiced at his death, call them on it and lovingly correct them.
If you felt nothing at this death, or don’t seem to care about dying people- get right with God. What’s depressing is that hundreds of thousands of people die every day without hearing the words of life. This fact alone should bring us great suffering. Check your heart with God’s, make sure it is matching up.
Feel what God feels.