I turned on the fan because the room was too hot as I muse over today.
“Is it ever right to revolt?” Professor Plummer asked earlier today.
I sat, head against the wall in the back row, thinking silently to myself.
“It really depends on the situation,” Kat said. “The Bible does tell us we must obey authorities.”
“What about when God himself commands genocide?” argued Rob on the other side of the classroom. “We certainly wouldn’t say that Hitler was justified in killing Jews, yet we say that God is justified in killing Amalekites, Caananites, and any other ites that he deemed worthy of genocide. It all seems a bit contradictory, don’t you think?”
The class was ripe with tension. It is at moments like these that I thrive in classroom experiences.
“Yes Mr. Kam,” Professor Plummer motioned for me to speak.
“I think that we are called to be people who help those who cannot help themselves. God arose and called out Nathan the prophet when David killed Uriah to sleep with Batheseba. God acts when people who can’t defend themselves are hurt by those in power.”
I felt vindicated. It took me a long time to learn this. For so long I had thought that God was about four steps to heaven or that he laid himself out as theological treatise in the book of Romans.
“But what about when God kills people,” Rob retorted to me again. “I just can’t make sense of it.”
“Neither can I,” I said. “The books in the bible are contradictory sometimes.”