Never

2 Samuel 4:10-11When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings: How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?”

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. once said;

“It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.”

We see all throughout the scriptures, the examples of those who thought by gaining a specific end through expedient means was excellent and right.

In our passage this morning, it was true; David was anointed to be king over all Israel. But these two men thought to remove the ‘obstacle’ to make that happen. In so doing, they took the life of a man and brought shame and blame on their master and themselves.

God’s judgment at the hand of David was swift and final. A life for a life. It was the law.

God said it first in Genesis:

Genesis 9:6Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

And again in Exodus:

Exodus 21:14But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.

There are things done by God that make us stop and take notice. This is one of them – Capital punishment.

Serious matters require serious measures.

In some cultures, if you are caught stealing, they cut off your hand.

In other cultures, a man can rape a woman and be justified in doing so, and go away free while the woman is left to herself – even if she is pregnant.

In America and in some other countries, abortion is legal. The murder of the unborn, or in some newly sanctioned cases ‘after’ birth, have been allowed and legalized because of the selfishness of man.

In my childhood, such things were never thought possible – but now? We live in a world gone mad!

Seeing all that goes on in this world, how does one remain a Christian and intact in their faith? A fellow brother in Christ once said that he wished he lived back in David’s day – he would love to be able to mete out justice for the wrongs he saw.

We are all passionate about the injustices we see. Some more than others. I genuinely wonder about those so apathetic they do not understand nor care for the things going on around them.

Our enemy knows this and seeks to use it to his advantage.

He began his assault in the garden by questioning God, and he never stopped.

For us, all it takes is a question:

“Hath God said…?”

‘Is God really that cruel, cold, and judgmental?’

Once we pause, he then begins to bombard our minds with the options and possibilities that question God’s character, His will, and His way.

“Why did God do that?”

“Why did God allow that to happen?”

We turn from questioning to blaming.

“God killed my baby!”

“God took my husband!”

“God made me fail!”

It is at these crucial junctures in our life that we make wrong, often fatal decisions.

“If that is what Christians are like, I’m never going back to church again!”

“If that is who God is and how He treats His people, I’m done.”

Often, we place unreasonable and unscriptural expectations of God. We have this mindset that he should do what we ask – even if it is against His Word and His character to do so.

When we are wounded, we want God to take the life of those who hurt us. Retaliation, justice, and vengeance all belong to God.

Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Allowing God to deal out the punishment when we are the one wronged is not an easy task. When someone we love has been abused or hurt, we want to advocate their justice and take up their cause.

In the case of abortion, who is speaking for those who have no voice?

This is a deeply divisive issue; socially, politically, morally, and spiritually. But when we have the mind of Christ, we can see clearly. We can give way to teach others, tell others, and advocate for the unborn in a way that honors God and brings about real change.

In any situation; abortion, murder, rape, incest, burglary, abuse… et al.; taking the moral high ground is always the right way to go. Allowing God to mete out the justice needed takes a strong character to dial down our emotions and step back from the melee that could pull us into question.

We can take action.

We can use our vote to politically make a difference and tell others the consequences of voting for those who advocate the opposing view.

We can volunteer to counsel young women in the crosshairs of decision and tell them of those couples who cannot have a baby that they have other options other than the murder of their unborn child.

At every turn, we can take up the cause of Christ in such a way to win them to God who can be a better Advocate than we ever could!

God tested the faith of an Abraham to show the depth of love he had for God and the belief in His promises.

God allowed Joseph to go through the most unlikely path to a place of leadership to save the Israelites from the inevitable death of a coming famine.

God used a stuttering, stammering Moses to lead the millions of Israelites out of Egypt.

He used a donkey to reprove a rebellious prophet.

Throughout history, God has shown Himself real through paths you and I would never have chosen. But, in the end, it is all for His glory. Realizing that, we should humble ourselves and be obedient to that which tells us in His Word to do.

In this day and age, everything is convenience and pleasure – all at our fingertips. With God, He savors not only the outcome but the path that takes us there as well.

Dr. Bob was right –

“It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.”

I leave with an even more potent quote from him – “Do right till the stars fall!”

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