In a story (of a set of stories) I read for a person in one of my writing groups, he wrote about a person who sets out on an elaborate venture to get revenge on someone who killed members of his family in a horrible way. He’s especially upset about the death of a little girl who loved him unconditionally.
He not only took revenge on the man who was behind the murders, but he decided to take down the man’s whole family’s drug empire (but spare boys under 14 and women).
In the Philippines, they are having a terrible problem with drugs, people selling and using them, and deaths that come about through the drugs themselves and the drug dealers directly. This brings lots of pain and suffering. There are judges, police, and others who are in on the corruption according to locals.
In the story, Shadow Soldiers, this is also the case.
When you see the evil that selling drugs brings into the world you might ask yourself:
- Why does evil exist in the world if God is good, and he is just?
- Why doesn’t God just take out those who do evil?
- Is extrajudicial* killing wrong if it will stop evil from continuing?
Let me ask it another way:
Why doesn’t God take me out when I say something bad about someone?
Wait! You don’t think that’s as bad as a drug dealer murdering someone?
Jesus said whoever is angry in his heart with his brother is a murderer. He tied the two together. This includes calling people names and cursing people [See Matt. 5:21-22].
Another book I just completed reading has the answer for the questions I posed.
In case you forgot what they were:
- Why is extrajudicial* killing wrong?
- Why doesn’t God take out evil people in the world if he is just and good?
- Why doesn’t God take me and you out when we do wrong? Oops you want it to apply only to “really bad” people?
Romans 3:10 summarizes who really bad people are in this verse [as well as the first three chapters of the book]:
As the Scriptures say, ‘No one is righteous–not even one.'” (NLT)
The book is summarized:
- God is merciful.
- He gives people time to repent.
- He doesn’t give them what they deserve.
- When we realize in our hearts that God has given us mercy, we will extend it to others.
It doesn’t mean we do not work for justice, but it does mean we don’t go beyond the law. When God goes beyond the law, he extends mercy, not justice.
Vengeance is mine says the Lord. (Romans 12:19 quoting the O.T. Deuteronomy 32:35)
Don’t take something that belongs to God! Besides, he’ll do a better job of it – or he might surprise you and extend mercy.
*killing without bothering to go through the courts
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Shadow Soldiers is a graphic book which I would not recommend for anyone who does not like to read violence. I read the first story in the book, but did not continue with the rest of the stories.