I do not rejoice

December 31, 2006

Saddam Hussein is dead "You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

"In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up."


Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to I do not rejoice

  1. Well quoted. Happy New Year’s Jon!

  2. I can’t say I have ever rejoiced over someone’s death. I did pray for his soul. While Jesus taught us to love our enemie, I don’t think that is an automatic ‘no’ to the question of Capital Punishment.

  3. I agree Helen that it’s not automatic. But I do think it shifts the burden of proof, so to speak. For more thoughts on death and justice, see what my friend Gareth wrote.