7 Lessons To Teach Your Kids About Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Wow!!  What a crazy night for Americans!  I remember when CNN broke into regular programming to announce that President Obama had an important National Security briefing for the nation.

Before the story actually broke, Team Sprad went nuts trying to figure out what could be happening?

  • Was America under red alert for terrorist attacks?
  • Is North Korea going to try to erase America from the map?
  • Did soldiers take Osama out?
  • Was the President just trying to overshadow Trump and Celebrity Apprentice?

Then President Obama took the spotlight, front row and center and informed the Country that “Osama Bin Laden has been killed!”  This is a monumental win for a nation that has been desperate for a monumental win.  It reminded me of President Bush’s speech just on the heels of 9.11 that rallied a hurting nation.

I believe that parents should not let this slip by, we should take the time to unpack the significance of this event with our kids…

7 Lessons To Teach Your Kids About Osama Bin Laden’s death

  • REMEMBER: Rough estimates show that nearly 3,500 people were killed in the 9.11 attacks.  Those killed that day were moms, dads, uncles, aunts, children, police as well as fire fighters.  The briefing of Osama’s death is monumental to Americans but HISTORIC to the families of those that lost loved ones.
  • UNITED: I will never forget the clips of American’s gathering in front of the White House waving flags and singing the National Anthem.  Teach your kids that American’s will always disagree on politics, religion and war but today they are seeing a Nation that is rallying and united!
  • SOWING & REAPING: Scripture is very clear that what you sew  you will reap.  Osama sewed a life full of hatred, evil and murder and he has just reaped the crop of death.
  • GRATITUDE: We live in a world where nations are starving, people are abused and evil dictators control their people.  But we have the grand opportunity to live in a Country that does has problems,  but we are free!  Our kids should not take this for granted and must walk in gratitude.
  • TERRORISM LIVES: This has been an epic night for America!  However, we must prepare our kids that while this is a win for America, terrorism still lives.  Parents should take this time to prepare our kids for even greater outbreaks of terrorism.
  • GOD IS IN CONTROL: Parents, take this opportunity to reinforce that God is in control.  I don’t pretend to know or believe that it is God’s will or plan for American Troops to take out Osama, but nevertheless in the good times and in the bad, God is in control.
  • GOD LOVED OSAMA: This is where many of you may check out!  Yes!  Osama was a murderer that is full of hate and evil but I believe that no matter how evil this man was, God still loves him.  Parents must teach their kids that God’s love is not dependent on what we do or do not do.

What did I miss?  What else should we be teaching our kids about the death of Osama Bin Laden?

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ChrisSprad
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Chris Spradlin (AKA Sprad) is passionate about Jesus, he doesn’t drink coffee, is bald, has a chinhawk, lives in Edmond, OK., loves to fly fish and snowboard. He has been married to his smoking hot wife Jodie for 18 years and they have 3 kiddos also known as Team Sprad. Chris if the founder of EpicParent.tv and has been in ministry for 20 years. He has served as a Pastor and Team Teacher with Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv and currently serves on the Executive Team and a Team Teacher at the multisite NewHopeChurch.tv. You can find Chris on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

11 Comments on "7 Lessons To Teach Your Kids About Osama Bin Laden’s Death"

  1. Nick May 2, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Is it OK to celebrate Osama’s killing? I’m hearing both sides of the issue… I tend to agree with Proverbs 24:17-18 which says, “?”Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them.”

    • ChrisSprad
      ChrisSprad May 2, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

      Nick,
      this is a super tough questions and you will find many that will fall on both sides of the aisle.

      Another verse you could look at is… “the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.” (2 Chron. 20:27)

      then there is…

      Proverbs 24:17-18 (New Living Translation)
      17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
      don’t be happy when they stumble.
      18 For the Lord will be displeased with you
      and will turn his anger away from them.

      Nick, I wish it was a clear cut issue…my guess is that we will have to be ok w/ living in the tension.

  2. ICStarzz May 2, 2011 at 4:10 am - Reply

    As usual, I love your writing and your topics. Great post!

    -Samantha

  3. uncle Pat May 2, 2011 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Though it has been so easy to direct hatred and rage towards Bin-Laden, since 9/11/01 I have had a recurring dream. The dream has made me feel a bit “out of step” with main-line thinking and even with my own normal tendencies. In my dream Bin-Laden is touched by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit and turns to Christ for salvation….make me wrestle with my convictions.

  4. Scotty Dub May 2, 2011 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Good stuff Chris, esp the last point ‘God does love Bin Laden’. He is one of his children as we all are. He chose a path of hate and violence and paid the price, but God still weeps.
    I believe we celebrate what Bin ladens death means, but hopefully not rejoice in any mans death.

  5. Naomi May 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Thank yuo Chris for sharing your thoughts and no I cannot think of anything else you should add. A hard subject to inform children just when they are getting their heads around death never mind murder.
    http://www.thekidscoach.org.uk

  6. megank May 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Love it. Well said.

  7. Cindy Click May 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I totally agree, this had to be done to stop this man. I was saddened to hear, his grandchildren had to be killed because of his selfish act to keep them close to him. As a grandparent, I know I would do everything in my power to keep my children and grandchildren safe, even if it meant I could not be around them. This shows the length he would go to try to save himself!
    Miss you and your family.
    Cindy

  8. Jay OHare May 5, 2011 at 4:59 am - Reply

    Proverbs 21:15 “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

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