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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Who are we to point the finger?

I have an A&E show on right now. I have no idea what it is or what it's called.

It's about a bunch of guys in Iraq. Video and pictures of a group that became best friends together. Interviews with probably 5 guys.

Six of them were killed in an explosion. An IED. It's heartbreaking to watch them talk about losing their best friends.

But what really hit me was the comment from one guy who said, "The first thing I did was go to my room and start throwing things. Then I went back up on the roof, and I just wanted to shoot anything. If it wasn't wearing desert camos, it was going down."

And we whine over here when they beat up a prisoner because it's unethical and it's (insert your phrase about how horrifying it is here).

Mistreating prisoners is wrong. But think of what we're asking of these 18- to 20-something-year-olds. Think of what they're going through over there. This is war. It's real. Try to picture all of those emotions.

You'd throw in a punch at that prisoner too.

4 Comments:

Blogger keithslady declared,

Consider what it takes to move someone to anger and malice. I can vividly recall the venomous curses and violent hatred in the eyes of a group of every day ordinary people several years ago. They were riled up and full of wrath over an incident of injustice. As individuals they may not have felt so compassionately about the situation, but they were part of a group and several members of their group had been violated. They reacted in a most unseemly manner, slinging verbal abuse at all offenders--including grade school children--anyone associated with "the other side".

What was the great offense? Their little league team of 11 and 12 years had lost a tournament game in which the other team had pitched an ineligible pitcher. (As it turned out, the winning coach had misunderstood a rule dictating pitching requirements and had played the pitcher in innocence. The losing coach had KNOWN the pitcher was playing illegally but had let it go because his team was winning and preferred an outright win to a win by infraction. Then, when he lost, he failed to follow the rules on filing an appeal and his team lost a chance to go on to the state tournament.)

It doesn't take much, does it?

5/26/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Carla declared,

It is only the grace of God that keeps us from the violence we are all quite capable of.

5/26/2006 9:11 AM  
Anonymous cbass declared,

I was reading an article in Tabletalk by Burk Parsons this month's articles are on "The problem of Evil"

he said" When we understand the genesis of the problem of evil, we cease asking the Lord why so much evil exists. Having been comfronted by our own guilt and shame before our holy and righteous Lord, we should realize the foolishness of the commonly uttered assertion: "If God is a good God, He would not allow so much evil to exist." Instead, we would begin to ask the more appropriate question: "If God is a just God, why doesn't more evil exist?" Why is there not more death and destruction on this earth? Why do we not struggle more than we do? Do we not justly deserve to experience more pain and misery in this world of sin? When we begin to ask such questions, we have just begun to understand our radical corruption, and in turn, we have just begun to understand the grace of God."

I was at Home Depot this morning looking for flower baskets and I was just praising God for His beautiful creation yet still in this fallen world. There is so much to give Him thanks for when we don't deserve it.

5/26/2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

"If God is a just God, why doesn't more evil exist?"

Wow. That's a powerful thought.

5/26/2006 2:35 PM  

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