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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>



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Dec. 30th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
interesting....they are saying that 'he' refused the head cover and told the people around him not to be afraid of the execution while holding the Koran i think it was.

very confusing to the end it all is and yet...

it isn't over till the 'fat lady sings'....I see no fat lady yet.
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
I totally see your point of view and agree with most parts of it. Being a Christian, this is a very well written post and I agree with all parts - although I do have my own opinions on this topic.
Dec. 30th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Saddam and other opinions
Oh, I absolutely expect that people will have their own opinions and some will differ quite a bit from mine. That's ok. *smile* Sometimes I err quite a bit on the side of compassion, and it makes a lot of waves in my relationships.
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
The crazy thing is, even after all that has trnspired over the past three years, I daresay there are some who still think that somehow this is right and proper retribution for 9/11, even though he had nothing to do with that. Sigh...
Dec. 30th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
Sarah, a very well writen and thoughtful post. My thoughts today went in many directions. From wondering as I have before how can someone do something or I should say somethings so horrific and supposedly not feel remorse, what will happen now in Iraq, and eventually what was he thinking as he died? What if he'd repented. I'm assuming he didn't. Then I thought about the variety of responses that would get from people both christian and nonchristian. Then I thought "when God looked at he saw sin horrible sin. And when God looks at me he sees sin. And its the same sin. His huge sins and my by comparison in the worlds eyes small sins are the same. And yet God forgives me and S and even Hitler if he'd asked and truly met it. What an awesome thought. Thanks for giving me even more to think about. ShellySodom
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
the same sin
That's exactly it... When Jesus said that the one who breaks one part of the Law is guilty of breaking the whole Law, he was confronting this very thinking that says, "Well, I'm not as bad as that person. I just do these little petty sins. But so-and-so did this inhumane/dispicable thing and should be stoned!" Humanity can be so judgmental! Sadly, most of us don't really even realize it.
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to this song, "Giver of Life", and it talks about how God is the maker of beautiful things, and how the whole universe sings of His goodness... Yet my thoughts are on Saddam. The statement in the article clip that he was a broken man... that really ... how to put this ... it struck something deep in me, that even in all the horrible things, he was still human, just like me, and it is atrotious in my eyes, but sin is sin is sin. And I am haunted by the possibility that he did not repent, did not give himsefl to the one who made him, loves him more than any of us can possibly realize.
Thank you for not only a well-written post, but that it came from something deeper than just telling people he's dead. Big hugs, sis.
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Not being a Christian, I was kind of surprised to see you write this, but I can see where you're coming from and agree with a lot tha tyou say. I by the way oppose the death penalty anyway, so tha tmay be one more contributing factor why I don't rejoice in Saddam's death.
Dec. 30th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Christians and Saddam
The attitude of many Christians about Saddam and Iraq in general truly embarrasses me. That's about all I can say without getting into judgmentalism myself. I generally have to allow them to be where they are in faith and hope they allow me that same liberty--and often they don't. They assume that I am just ignorant, and if I was more educated or informed or whatever I would think like them. I have made some serious waves with my ideas locally, and I need to be very careful about how and what I say for the sake of letting other people learn some lessons the hard way. I don't like beating people over the head any more than I want anyone beating me over the head. American Christians are very egocentric--it's part of our heritage, and I think it's very sad. We don't even realize how much like our ancestors we are acting.
Dec. 30th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I dont rejoice over his death but for a man who has done the things he has, I do not believe he is - or should be/been - free, and do not believe anyone should have to monetarily pay and cause additional emotional suffering to others by chosing to keep him alive.

As far as the religious aspects of it, which I usually stay away from, but to me as he was not a Christian Jesus did not die for him - I just cannot justify feeling sympathy for this man, even in his death.

But as usual you put together a very well written post ;)
Dec. 30th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts. That's where things get really sticky... Do we pay to keep someone confined so that he can't continue what he has done...? And in a situation like this, who will confine him (since the Iraq situation is very unstable and always has been).

I don't believe that Jesus died only for Christians... But that gets into my general philosophy about what it means to "be a Christian," and who Jesus was, why he died, etc. I believe that he died to give people the opportunity to choose, and that's the simplest way I can explain it in a neutral way. So in that sense, he did die for someone like Saddam as much as he died for me. The only difference is that I didn't choose to reject him and I didn't choose to live my life committing heinous crimes. I still do things on a regular basis that hurt people emotionally; and I've discovered recently that even the kindest, gentlest people can have some serious grudges held against them for pretty trivial things. Human anger is so destructive... It was Saddam's anger against other people that started all this--his anger and his interpretation of his own religion's issues. It just seems ironic to me to respond basically in kind.
Dec. 30th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I don't see his death as bringing anything good to the world right now. I'm not even particularly opposed to the dath penalty but, in his case, it will bring more violence in the end. Also, there are many people who are angry because they don't feel that he dies for what they think he should have died for. They will never have closure to their wounds and won't be able to help close other wounds, as a result.
Dec. 30th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
violence begets violence
... or something like that. It really seems like it became a game to capture him and kill him more than anything, and and it feels like we are really just making fools of ourselves. I've been reading articles about how this was all Iraq's deal and America stayed out of it.... But we didn't really stay out of it at all. What really gets me is the bit about not televising it because it was a "human rights" issue, but we're perfectly happy to televise it later. What kind of junk is that? Does human rights stop because he's dead? Does he stop being a person just because he's no longer around to be insulted or pained by the televising of his execution? We shouldn't be televising any of this stuff!
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I agree with everything you said!
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