Bin Laden, Eternal Damnation, and Grace

I sat my three year old daughter down yesterday and had her watch Obama's talk along with me. I don't think she understood much of it, nor was she able to keep attentive for very long. I'm not sure why I chose to share this with her, after all it was about the death of a man. But we live in a world of death and I suppose there is little reason to hide that from her.

I've read a number of reactions by various people and most of them seem unsure about what to make of it. I liked one quote I read and I intended to post a link to it, however as I followed the trail I found it led back to Brian Mclaren's blog, and I'm unsure if everyone who reads this blog is aware enough of the weirdness of who he is to send a link his way. But even his writing it was a quote from a friend who sent in a letter. I still think it a valuable thought.
Perhaps everyone is right. Perhaps the death of Osama Bin Laden has made this world more safe. I do not believe, however, that his death has made this world more beautiful.
That is a very apt description. I also appreciate my friend Todd's explanation. He writes,
From a biblical standard all of us are deserving of eternal separation from God. I believe Bin Laden got what he deserved. I don't get what I deserve only by the grace of God so I can't boast. God is just and God is gracious.
His thoughts remind me of one of the Newsboys best songs (I remember from my childhood) called "Real Good Thing." It says,
When we don't get what we deserve
Thats a real good thing, a real good thing
When we get what we dont deserve
Thats a real good thing, a real good thing
You have to look closely, but it is actually saying the same thing in two different ways. None of us can be certain where Osama went, but death is something that will happen to all of us eventually; be that by firefight with commandos or slowly fading in a hospital bed.

Osama's death should give us pause. But perhaps the fact that we're all deserving of eternal damnation should give us pause too. What a gracious savior we have.