This of course is where the rubber meets the road.
I wish he had repented and come to do better before he was slain (assuming that the White House wouldn’t be releasing verification notices about this unless they themselves were highly convinced the man had died last week–it would be extremely embarassing after all if he released a new video tomorrow. ) It would have made so much of a difference in other people’s lives as well as his own.
But enemy though he was to us, God gave His own life for bin Ladin’s sake, as much as for any of us. If we are right, we may still hope in Christ for his repentance and reconciliation to God–and someday for his reconciliation with the people he has sinned against, too.
May love be fulfilled in justice for and with our enemy, even for him–in the Day of the Lord to come if not before.
(And thanks be to all those who cooperated together, risking their own lives, to help bring an end in this age to his impenitent deeds: sending him on to be called at last before the throne of Justice!)