Deep within the very nature of God is a strong opposition to any form of oppression and injustice practiced by people in positions of authority.
We see this fact manifested in God’s deliverance of the Jews under the despotic reign of the pharaoh in Egypt. God always hears the cries of his people, and calls forth a leader to save the oppressed and unjustly treated people.
In what has been called the “Arab Spring,” we have witnessed heartfelt cries for justice from deep within the souls of certain Arab people in Egypt, Yemen and Libya.
Maybe what is happening in Syria is that no one is hearing and obeying God’s call to lead the people to freedom from Syria’s despotic dictator, who proclaims without compromise, “My way or the highway.”
This cliché leads me to make a point we must keep in mind as we face important political decisions this year.
Recently in Indiana, there was an important election involving incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and tea party candidate Richard Mourdock, who with great gusto affirmed his position of being one not in favor of compromising, collegiality, bipartisanship or crossing the aisle to discuss important issues.
In effect, Mourdock was saying, “My way or the highway.”
Why would anyone want to enter business with such a person? Why would anyone want to marry someone who always has to have his way? Why would anyone in his or her right mind want to have a father who claimed to have the last word on any subject?
I thought only God could have that position. And Republicans in Indiana voted to have this person serve them in the Senate?
Please forgive me for being political, but this election in Indiana has been bothering me since May.
Now back to the lesson at hand. The fact that God chose David to be the one to practice His kind of justice makes us wonder if God made the right choice.
Did God forget the unjust things David did to Uriah the Hittite in order to acquire Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba?
I guess we have to read the rest of the story to understand God’s choice. We can look to the story about the prophet Nathan confronting David about his sinful act and David’s words of repentance in Psalm 51.
Jesus did not choose perfect people to be his disciples and apostles, and today God still does not choose perfect people to be servants of his justice.
Therefore, whatever else we (who have been created in God’s image) are called on to learn from this lesson today, let us hear, loudly and clearly, that we are all called to be God’s servants in the administration of bringing justice to all people where they live, work and play.
THE REV. GENE NORRIS IS A PRESBYTERIAN PASTOR IN AUGUSTA.