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Dancing In The Streets
by Steve Higginbotham
December 31, 2006
On Friday evening, December 29, Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging for crimes against humanity and genocide.  Hussein became president of Iraq in 1979, and during his reign, he became responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
Upon hearing news of his death, people took to the streets in Iraq as well as in some communities in America.  Multitudes of people danced and celebrated his death. 
As I watched this display on television, I couldn't help but think of how "ungodly" this response was.  Remember, the Lord said, "As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live" (Ezekiel 33:11).
I'm not arguing against the punishment inflicted on Saddam for the crimes he committed.  Justice sometimes requires such a response.  I can also be relieved that this man will no longer be a threat to innocent people.  But to dance in the streets and rejoice over the death of this man, is a response that is out of character with the God we serve, and the God we are trying to imitate.
Don't allow yourself to get caught up in the mentality of the world.  The God we serve takes no delight in the death of the wicked, and neither should we.
Copyright 2006, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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