Jim Bramlett (6 May 2011)
"Biblical precedent concerning Bin Laden's photos"

Dear friends:

A debate is going on about whether or not Osama Bin Laden's death photos should be released to the public.  Yesterday, in his great wisdom, Obama determined that they will not be released,  although he and other leaders have seen them.  Someone quipped that only those who have seen them do not want others to see them!

I have struggled with the issue myself.  The main argument against revealing them is that it will enrage the Muslims.  So what else is new?  They are always enraged.  They get up enraged, they go to bed enraged, and they are enraged all day.  They cannot hate us any more than they already do.  So why do we pander to and try to please these raging lunatics?  They only appreciate and fear strength.

This morning, I believe the Lord gave me a biblical precedent for this.  Of course, there were no cameras or photographs in Bible days, but the same situation did come up. 

The incident involved the young shepherd boy, David, and the Philistine giant, Goliath, who threatened Israel.  You know the story.  David killed Goliath.  With his sling and a stone, David "struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead"

Bin Laden was a Goliath to America, having slain some 3,000 of us and evading capture for almost 10 years.

The U.S. Navy SEALS, found him, and "shot him in the forehead, so that the bullet sank into his forehead," just like David's stone.

The SEALS then took photos.  David had no camera, but he cut off Goliath's head and "took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem" to show the people.  (1 Samuel 17:48:54).  I suspect David shouted, "Look, y'all.  We got this sucker!"

What was the result? "When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled" (v. 51).

I believe that with photos, America should show the violent, radical Muslims of the world that their champion is dead.  Really dead.  Dead dead.

We need to tell them that the same fate awaits them if they keep up their violent ways.  We need a gutsy leader who will do this and not worry about "offending" the Muslims.

Many will get the message.