This morning a caught a bit of the BBC World News as I was eating breakfast. As I watched, one of the news streams that was running across the bottom of the screen caught my attention: "Somali boy executes dad's killer." Incredible I thought as I went to my computer to find out more. But as unbelievable as the news trailer seemed, according to the BBC, this is exactly what took place as part of a public execution in Mogadishu under the rule of Sharia law.
Apparently a large crowd gathered at a Koranic school in Somalia's capital to watch a 16 year old boy stab in the head and throat a man who was convicted of killing his father in a dispute over the boy's schooling. Afterward the boy expressed satisfaction that his father's killer was dead. "I am happy now because I killed the man who killed my father," he told the Reuters news agency.
What barbarism! How far from the law of God and the standards of the Bible! If this is justice, no wonder there is so much confusion and hatred in the world and feuds that go back generations and continue to be fought today. While this kind of judgment may have the semblance of tangible justice, it only assaults and traumatizes more people. What is so desperately needed is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that humanizes those it touches. The brutality and inhumanity of this world will never be solved by more of the same. Only the grace and mercy of God can make people new and give hope to those enslaved in the darkness of sin and false religion.