Colonel Gaddafi has been killed according to reports on the BBC website. Their text feed had the following recap of the days events.
A quick recap of today’s dramatic events for those just joining us: Officials from Libya’s transitional authorities say that Col Muammar Gaddafi has been killed and several of his entourage have died or been captured. The news came moments after Libya’s transitional fighters said they had finally taken control of the Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte – and nearly two months after the fall of Tripoli.
The King of Kings and ruler of his country has been shot dead and paraded in the streets, if we are to believe the grainy video footage. Do we as Christians condone these actions as serving the greater good. Certainly the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an example that is often used. He was part of a plot to assassinate Hitler which brought about his own hanging in 1945. I’m nervous of making a direct link between Hitler and Gaddafi and jumping to a conclusion. The crimes that he committed over his 41 year reign are without question and Interpol and the International Criminal Court both issued arrest warrants for him.
However my blog is not here to pass judgement, but to reflect on such events and how they shape and mould our future. It seems that Libyans were unable to have closure on their future without removing the pariah from his state. The future is still rocky but it will be in their hands. My hope is that they don’t “glory” in the moment but instead have joy that the future is now free.
I cannot help reflect on the self styled “King of Kings” who didn’t live up to the humble selfless King of Kings that continues to be my inspiration in life.