Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall has gotten himself into a bucket of hot water by criticizing the American public for celebrating the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
“What kind of person celebrates death?” he wrote. “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side. We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style,” he tweeted.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has come out against Mendenhall’s type of thinking.
“It was about time,” Vick told 102.1 FM and 1490 AM The Game back home in Virginia. “What he so-called did to our people, took so many innocent lives. Hey, he deserved every bit of it.”
I agree with Vick because Bin Laden masterminded a travesty. I remember that day right now like it was yesterday. I can think about and see all those people jumping off the buildings to their deaths.
One of the ten commandments is that “Thou Shalt not kill”, but really in the Hebrew it’s translated properly, “Thou shalt not commit murder”. Murder is taking human life with no just cause. The Bible clearly okays killing in case of self defense. Murder is what is wrong.
What unfortunately happened with Mendenhall is he’s talking about something he doesn’t know how to explain correctly. I believe he is a sincere Christian but he is mixing up spiritual things with natural things. When it comes to the bad things, meaning the sins that people commit, the Bible clears states that Jesus Christ died for every person’s sins and if that person receives Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, God will forgive that person of their sin.
According to the scriptures, God will forgive a man of murder and that man will be able to go to heaven when they die if they receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That offer was there for Osama Bin Laden. He could have had his sins forgiven. It doesn’t mean that he would have been able to walk free on this earth and that he is going be forgiven by a court of law. He can be forgiven spiritually by God Almighty, but in this natural physical world, he must pay the price for what he did. He must pay the price for mass murder.
On the other hand the Bible talks about the police and the army “not bearing the sword for nothing” which means both the police and army are representatives of the God in that they protect the innocent and they’re supposed to use weapons to stop bad people from doing bad things. It’s a good thing that we have a police department and an army to take down people doing bad things, tyrants and evil doers who terrorize people and kill the innocent.
If we didn’t have police and an army, evil people would be able to do whatever they wanted to do without anyone stopping them. Surely Vick is right, Bin Laden deserved what happened to him. In the same way, if somebody is killing people and terrorizing people, they must be stopped by the police or the army. This is a good thing that evil doers are stopped from doing bad things.
I support both the police and the army because the Bible says they are representatives of God to do good. In fact, the Bible says we should pray for the police and the army.