A few introductory thoughts:
1. The family members of the 148 men and women that were killed by Saddam Hussein (or his orders) have endured more pain and suffering that I can even imagine. My prayers and thoughts go out to them because of their grief.
2. Murder is always wrong.
3. I do not condone Saddam Hussein’s actions.
Saddam Hussein was recently given the death penalty for crimes against humanity. He was responsible for the deaths of 148 men and women in 1982. Saddam is a mean person who deserves to be punished for his actions. This has lead me to think (crazily) about capitol punishment lately and would love some of your feedback.
Follow me here… is it possible to receive a blessing on earth for a good “deed” done? Yes. Jesus spoke of this in Matt. 6:2-4 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. For some reason, God would prefer to reward us Himself upon our entrance to Heaven than be praised by men on earth. Can our reward be circumvented because it is received prematurely on earth? A case can be made.
Keep following me… if a reward can be circumvented because it is prematurely received on earth, can the same be true about punishment? Is it possible that we take matters into our own hands by administering justice instead of letting God do so? Again, I believe a case can be made that we need to let God have his say in what justice is defined as. This is a Christian notion (which not all of the world is) and would go against what many Christians and non-Christians believe but I’m OK with that. This idea still permits punishment to be given to those that deserve it but I believe that the ultimate punishment of death should be left in God’s hands.
I am having this discussion from afar, in a very safe environment surrounded by paperbacks and post-it notes; not sandbags and MREs. I honestly see that and recognize my safety and security. Perhaps my ideas would be different if I were wearing desert-colored underwear and have a clearer picture of what the enemies of the US are capable of. I just want to get some of my thoughts on the table for possible discussion. Please let me know where this idea is non-sensible.