Watching Politics from the Pew: The Death of a Dictator

Kim Jong Il is dead. Of course I could pay lip service to high-minded Christian ideals; how we wish for redemption in all circumstances, how you never know what a person said on his deathbed, how only God can judge his last few moments. But I don’t really feel that way.

After all, this was a man responsible for more death, destruction, starvation, and wasted lives than perhaps any other on earth. His maniacal cult of personality was crazy enough to amuse us, but we too often forget that it put a goofy mask over the face of a demon. Unnumbered masses lived lives of utter destitution so that he could spend his days worshipping himself.

God is the judge. But there is no need to be tentative about God’s feelings on this. Kim Jong Il delved more deeply into everything God hates than most of humanity will ever have the opportunity to do, and he seemed to enjoy himself all the while. God hates sin, and God fulfills promises. We can be sure that His justice will be satisfied.

I am saddened by sin and by suffering. But I do not attempt to be saddened by the death of Kim Jong Il. Instead, I simply hope that his life proclaims the empty and disgusting places that sin can take us and pray that people will turn away from it to pursue salvation from the only true Great Leader.

About Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett lives in Louisville, Ky., with his wife and two terrific kids. His degree is in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University, and he has a bunch of education from a bunch of other places with nothing official to show for it. He has taught high school speech and debate, worked for a congressman in Washington DC, and worked in the health and energy industries. He is interested in how pop culture, history, politics, and theology interact with the inner and community lives of individuals... which is weird because he now works as a business analyst. Few things make him happier than reading, discussing, and recommending books.