Yesterday, I woke up to a video on my Facebook timeline, that I’d been tagged in, of a child being horrifically abused by her care giver. I was horrified to say the least. I was mad as hell!!! So many bad emotions arose in me, and all I could think of was what I would do to that very wicked woman who had done this unthinkable thing to such a vulnerable, powerless baby!
I didn’t want to be appeased by the Spirit, as He tried to caution me on my emotions and my responses. As I wrote my comments, I felt the Spirit shaking His head, pulling on me to not be so hateful. Because that was all I felt. HATE! Pure unadulterated hatred for this woman I didn’t know for her atrocious acts, without any other information about her. I judged her, and my sentence was retaliation by torture and abuse, as I felt death would be too kind.
There are few things that have caused such rage in me. One other was the movie: “I spit on your grave”, where a girl had been violently raped, then abducted, then made a sex slave to a maniac and his family in a foreign land, before being discarded and buried alive. Throughout the movie, I felt murderous towards her attackers. In the movie, she got her revenge, but it was bittersweet to watch. At the end of the movie, my thought was – it doesn’t change what happened to her by one iota! Nothing can take that memory from her, unless she was fortunate enough to get into an accident and only suffer permanent memory loss. She would forever be traumatised.
Her revenge, though it must have felt empowering for her, and there was a part of me that felt glad that they didn’t ‘get away’ with it, didn’t ultimately change the situation for the many other girls who unfortunately still live victimised lives at the hands of such violaters! For true joy and peace to come, enlightenment and justice should have been the goal. But I dare not judge her actions.
The update on the case of the baby girl whose abuse was caught on video is that her father retaliated, and now the maid has to feed through a tube, and is confined to a wheelchair. This is highly ironic considering how she force fed the baby and crushed her bones with her feet! When I read this news, I was happy that the wicked woman got what she deserved. But I was also worried for the father, as his assault, though provoked, will require justice, even as the maid must serve time for her abuse of the child. As I pondered on this, I also thought about the spiritual justification of the father. His actions were obviously from rage, as he served old testament justice – an eye for an eye. But what would Jesus have done?
That’s the question I don’t want to answer (as I am still reeling with rage myself), but need to ask as a Christian, who’s guided by the Spirit of God. Can we as Christians really support an eye for an eye? In such an emotional situation, when vengeance is driving every cell in our body to right the wrong that has been done to us, can we really stop and say – “Vengeance is Yours, Lord!”?
It is hard in this world to depend on the Law Enforcement Authourities to bring justice to us, especially when we live in a less civilised or corrupt nation. But can we put our trust in the arm of God to bring about justice, and give ourselves over to the will of God to love and PRAY for our enemies? Can we tell our brother who takes vengeance that he was wrong to do so, and there’s a better way?
The Bible is clear that “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). We are called to take a stand against evil, but we can’t fight evil with evil. The result will still be evil, and no one is enlightened nor justified. May God help us as we confront evil in our lives.
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