In those days…
all the people
did whatever seemed right
in their own eyes.
Not a great rule of thumb for folks born with a sin nature and in need of grace.
Now turn the page to chapter 19. Or not. I’d have been tempted to leave this entire sordid mess of sexual violence and dismemberment out. Or at least give it a NC-17 rating so the unsuspecting reader doesn’t just stumble into it. But this pitiful story of the unnamed man, woman, father, old man and virgin daughter is merely a sequence in the bigger story.
So after they’d done what seemed right in their own eyes…
Everyone who saw it said,
“Such a horrible crime
has not been committed
in all the time since Israel left Egypt.
Think about it!
What are we going to do?
Who’s going to speak up”?
My God is crystal clear on sin. He doesn’t sugarcoat it or the eventual outcomes of a life lived without him. And I praise him for that because when the stakes are high, and the outcomes eternal, I want the complete, unvarnished, and straight up truth.