Are You the Cause of Collateral Damage?
Every day’s news reports are loaded with heart wrenching stories
from around the world of death and destruction of all sorts that make
people wonder about where God is in allowing things like this to happen.
Children board a bus headed for school and roadside
bombs are detonated because they are of Shiite or
Sunni background. A young teenager finds herself in a love triangle where
drugs and guns intermix to cause death. Is it that CNN or the news media
are just more apt to tell us about all of the death and hurt that is
happening or is this a new phase of human existence that calls for drastic
actions to exert one’s point of view to be heard and understood?
When I was reading about Daniel (Old Testament) in
the Bible recently I was reminded of what happened when he defied a
to worship a false god. When he refused to go along with that idea, jealous
observers ran to the king to turn him in. That’s when the king
decided that to uphold his rules; he had to punish Daniel and so he had
him thrown into the den of lions much against the king’s actual
wishes as he was very fond of Daniel.
So Daniel spent the entire night
locked in the midst of these wild and vicious animals
and the next morning the king returned expecting Daniel to be left in
pieces and parts by the hungry cats. But Daniel says to him, “…my God sent his
angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me, because
I was found blameless before him…”
What follows is most shocking to my human senses
as the king then not only celebrates the life and faith of Daniel,
but has the people thrown into the lion’s den that originally turned Daniel in for his “worship” of
the “wrong” God. Not only does the king throw these guys
to the lions but he throws in their children and their
wives and suddenly the lions destroy them unmercifully.
If you are expecting me to offer wisdom about why
the women and children were slaughtered in this story, I am woefully
inadequate in my Biblical knowledge or in my years of acceptance of
God’s will for my life
when I can’t get my own questions all answered. What is amazing
about this story is that Daniel’s witness and example were found
blameless. Does God really hold my children and family members hostage
because of my sins? Did God hold these members of the king’s court
accountable for the sins of the family?
This is not
clear from the story but it comes back time and again
that innocent people often suffer great indignities in this lifetime.
The only trade off that I can offer you is that the hero of this story
as in so many areas of the Bible are people who have remained faithful
to the Lord in difficult times. Maybe this is just one of those very
times! (Daniel 6)
Sent October 23, 2006
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