My Thought. . .
“Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
Men are inconsistent. Twice in the book of Judges the writer makes the above statement. We are being indoctrinated to follow those who want to create hate over the color of one’s skin. Some hate black skin while others hate white. Despite the choice, it seems that the innocent, whether black or white end up suffering. As one examines the results from the different riots, stores owned and operated by blacks were burned and merchandise taken while rioters were given a pass by the press and politicians. “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).
One person, a group of people, or a nation believing it is better or superior than another began thousands of years ago and will continue long after this century is finished. Such individuals believe they have rights that others are not granted. Road laws are not for them but for other drivers. They are important. They are in a hurry. If stopped by a policeman, they are inconvenienced, and the badge belongs to an idiot whether he is white or black. “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).
Women were not allowed to vote in this country until the 1920s. When they marched for their rights, men in blue uniforms beat and arrested them. Their place was limited to bearing children and their work was restricted to the home. Preachers told women from the pulpit that it was sinful for them to seek public jobs. One world religion today continues to look upon a wife as a man’s property. Others with or without faith see nothing wrong with being abusive to their mate. This attitude is based upon “every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25). They believe in their rights, but not yours!
The practice of slavery marred every society. The USA was one of the last holdouts. But, despite Federal law granting freedom to slaves, the general population found ways to keep them in mental chains. Both kinds of slavery continue today. Negative attitudes are held by those referred to by scripture. “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).
Men are inconsistent. Treat another like he is a fool and he may end up fooling you. Violence given may end with violence received. Both sides will justify their actions but downplay their involvement. Hate promotes hate. Ridicule is the father of derision. White sheets combined with white masks often develop from corrupted hearts. Both confess righteousness while accusing the other of atrocities. Christians get involved and sink into the stink. Love is traded for hate. Peace is exchanged for violence. Prayer is forgotten when mouths are filled with cursing. Wounds are opened and salt applied to fester hate. “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).
Jesus is the cure if we want healing. Jesus heals hearts if hearts are receptive. It is better to light the flame of love rather than burn from the heat of hate. If truth is sought, love will prevail. If hate marches the streets, violence will follow. In the end, only ashes will remain to tell the story that “Every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25).