Written on December 31st, 2006 by Shawn Anthony
When is enough death and killing enough? I am sad for our humanity today. The whole human race is seriously broken, as is painfully obvious. The execution of Saddam Hussein is no victory. It is no occasion for happiness or celebration. We should all cry, and profusely so. Killing will not usher in peace, it only results in more killing. The execution of Saddam Hussein is in fact a symptom of a huge theological problem of which we all play a sick part. I watched the uncut video of the hanging of Saddam Hussein (the video is living on my hardrive right now). It was awful. It is also one of the clearest windows through which one can peer deep into our human sin, brokenness and consequent and universal human condition. We are a sinful, broken people, all of us. The so-called Enlightenment has failed. The Enlightenment is dead! Western methodology and Science have their place, as does a man like Dawkins, but none of it speaks authentically about the human condition as displayed for the world to see in this video (which is only a small, small slice of a much, much larger broken reality). Human beings in the 1st century and 21st century are indistinguishable, save the difference created by our possession of fancy toys, technological gadgets and the now corrupt idea that we know so much that we no longer need God. So, we know that the earth is not flat - big deal! Our great and wonderful “knowledge” has not made one ounce of difference in the way we treat our neighbors and consequently ourselves. We still are broken in all the wrong places. God is still waiting for us to admit our broken condition, and our need for Him, and to repent and embrace His Word. Peace and the end to this cyclical destruction and violence will never be realized until we do so. I pray for forgiveness for us all.