During Operation Desert Storm I was taken aback when someone in my church suggested we pray for Saddam Hussein. It wasn’t the suggestion I was surprised at; I was surprised the thought had never occurred to me before. Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. My brother-in-law was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He came back telling stories of people so hungry they were willing to ignore their own religious dietary laws and eat a pork based MRE. Saddam Hussein was eventually captured and executed, but people still suffer. Osama Bin Laden was been executed and people still suffer. Muammar el-Qaddafi has now been killed and I’m sure people will continue to suffer.

An article in the New York Times described discrepancies between official reports of his death and images (both still and video) which have been circulating the Internet. “The conflicting accounts about how he was killed seemed to reflect an instability that could consume Libya long after the euphoria fades about the demise of Colonel Qaddafi.”

Pray for the people.


One thought on “Praying for the People of Libya

  1. A politician can declare anyone an “enemy” and it has nothing at all to do with whether they are actually a threat to us. Jesus literally fled politics to prevent getting involved in solving very real political problems. They aren’t our problems as followers of Christ. Ours are how we can lift up the name of Jesus, ignoring politics and every other human system of reckoning. We don’t even really seek human welfare, as far as that goes, but we seek His glory.

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