Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christian response to Gaddafi's death

I heard the news that Gaddafi has just been killed. Like Bin Ladn's death, this saddened me. Partially because, unless they died having accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, they are now in Hell.

It also saddened me because Gaddaffi did not get a trial. If we're going around "spreading democracy" and disposing of dictators by killing leaders without a trial, then what sort of example is that? How is that democratic?

From a Biblical/Christian view, he should have been tried as well.

Deuteronomy 17:6

"At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death."

Do we have testimony of even one witness? Where was this testimony given audience? Was Gaddafi given a chance to defend himself?

It also saddens me, because i expect to see the majority of American Christians will rejoice at his death. A view that I think our Lord would not condone. Even Rep. Keith Ellison, a Muslim, is on the right track. He stated not to celebrate anyone's death, even if they are bad. He's right, but sadly i bet many Christians will celebrate.

Ezekiel 33:11

"Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"

That said, Jesus isn't celebrating this man's death, and neither should we. Yes Gaddaffi was likely a tyrant and a wicked man, but i think it's clear what reaction Christians should have.

1 comment:

  1. nothing wrong with being relieved when justice prevails. ultimate justice of course belongs to God but removing a killer who would have continued killing many more who have no chance to come to faith is not cause for remorse. numerous examples of god's people celebrating after their victories is justification enough.