Saddam Hussein is dead. I am not rejoicing.
This has nothing to do with thinking that it was ok for him to have done the things he did. It was never ok. I just don't think that it is ok to rejoice over death. Whatever anyone feels about the death penalty, it is never ok to rejoice over death. Death is always a solemn matter, no matter whose it is. If the things that Saddam did were motivated by some kind of interpretation of his religion, then he was a very deceived man and he deserves pity. He has a soul, and it is just as valuable as mine. Why should I rejoice because the world is free of one body? Isn't there a better way than this?
When I was a teenager, there was a popular song lyric that used to make me cry... I would listen to the song often just to ensure that I did not lose my compassion. The song was Phil Keagy and Randy Stonehill's "Save the Children." The lyric was, "Christ would have gone to the cross just to save one child from being lost." Whether or not Saddam wanted Jesus, Jesus died for him! I should honor that!
Who am I to determine the worth of a soul, or the potential of a person to make a decision to follow Christ? Paul was a persecutor of Jewish believers. Who would have thought that he would be the very person God used to take the very gospel the Jews preached to the Gentiles? Hallelujah! The worker who begins at the end of the day earns the same wage as the one who has worked all day! Praise the Lord!
"What was I supposed to be?" This was a lyric about unborn children. But it could just as well be about any person I choose to write off as a hopeless case spiritually. What were they supposed to be ... as I refuse to tell them my story? What were they supposed to be ... as I assume they will just keep drinking? What were they supposed to be ... as I say that "those kinds of criminals don't get rehabilitated?" What were they supposed to be ... as they sit in that cell waiting for their death sentence? Oh, Jesus! What were they supposed to be? And why weren't they?
From a CNN Article:
Rubaie, who witnessed the execution, said the former leader was "strangely submissive" to the process.
"He was a broken man," he said. "He was afraid. You could see fear in his face."
This perhaps ought to tell something. He was found hiding in a hole under a house... Perhaps he had just given up the fight... I've never seen "fear" ascribed to an Iraqi. They "sacrifice themselves."</p>