To Whom Does Vengeance Belong?


 

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:18-20

Our sitting president has declared openly that the United States is not a Christian nation.  Based on what you have just read above, I think many of us would have to disagree. We, unlike any nation in modern history is one of the few nations that have rendered aid to every nation that has asked for it, including our enemies.

Once,  King David found himself on the run, after his adultery with Bathsheba and the rape of his daughter Tamar by one of his own sons, Amnon.  One of his other sons, Absalom was incensed that his father did nothing to avenge the rape, so he killed Amnon and began plotting to take the throne from his father, nearly succeeding. Many of the Psalms detail David’s prayers for justice against his enemies while he was in hiding and fearful for his life.

The point of this is that it is not for man to avenge offenses or perceived injustices against his peace and dignity any more than it is for any nation. But does this mean we must simply take what the world wants to dish on us?

Don’t misunderstand: I’m no 1960’s era peacenik. I served as a U. S. Navy officer under my Commander-in-Chief, Ronald Reagan.   There’s a poster out there I rather like which features his picture and mentions how we bombed the Libyan leader’s house in 1986 and they remained quiet for 25 years, until the current Commander-in-Chief thought apologies were better than a strong defense.

Last I looked, all Presidents of the United States take an oath in which they vow to protect our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I took the same oath as a naval officer, like hundreds of thousands of others in our nation’s service.

Ideology has nothing to do with this oath. It was designed by the founding fathers to ensure that what is happening to our embassies now, sovereign ground under all international law, does not go without a defense or response to attacks.  Both of these have now occurred in other embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  The situation worsens with every gaffe, every slow response, and every apology.

Incompetence is easy to identify. But if this is a deliberate series of actions, then our president has failed worse than David did with his adulteries and failure to act on his divine appointment.

Make no mistake, all those in positions of authority require our prayers and, for better or worse, are seated by God Himself. This is part of our covenant with a loving God, who wants the best for all of us, and will lead us to hat best place that seems so far away to many right now.

It is not an act of vengeance to use the power that God gave us in our Constitution, the power we expect our president to use to exact God’s judgment on those nations who seek to kill our officials who have given them no cause to do murder over their perceived grievances.

Sadly for the world, Obama doesn’t understand this or if he does, he refuses to use the authority God gave his office.

Let there be no more pictures of Obama at the site of flag-draped coffins at Andrews Air Force Base, when he has options that can and should be used.

It is not vengeance, but justice.

The time for reckoning is near.

Bless you all, dear readers.

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