The Hidden Terrorists

downloadAs the spate of evil rage continues in the country, one is tempted to become numb and increasingly less sensitive to acts of terrorism … as consciences harden even as children are killed and we are exhausted of being admonished to forgive. Hearts are weary and can only offer a lingering suspicion of news of cease-fire.  Our gratitude is for self-preservation and our faith seems to distance us from the sufferings of the afflicted.  The terrorist has chosen the right target… “Not Me”.

But there are other elements of terror I want to concern myself with … the concealed types spoiling the body of Christ. I am not referring to the zealous preacher whose fiery words may have caused explosions of doubt, sorrow and fear … or the one who enters the temple chasing off trouble makers in a somewhat similar fashion to when Christ drove off the money changers. This terror is more complex and calculating.

Ahithophel the Gilonite, is father to Eliam (2  Sam. 23:34) …Eliam, who also happens to have been one of David’s mighty men (listed in 2 Samuel 23) and father to a beautiful damsel called Bathsheba, married to Uriah the Hittite.  A good story until David’s idle and wandering eyes, even without binoculars, catches the nudity of this irresistible beauty bathing in broad daylight. The rest of this drama is well documented in scripture.

2Sa 11:3  And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

Many years have passed … the old sage Ahithophel is now David’s trusted Counsellor … Absalom – the charismatic prince who has no son (maybe he has daughters) but has stolen the hearts of Israel and has vowed to be great …proactively erecting for himself (2 Sam 18:18) an impressive monument.  Soon the hearts of two terrorists melt together in a perfect conspiracy that sends David scampering off like a weeping weakling.

2Sa 18:18  Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king’s dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom’s place

We do not know completely the nature of the bitterness and unresolved injustices that festered in the hearts of Ahithophel and Absalom – or how long…but the Bible leaves some tips … possibly it was an unaddressed hunger for gain and power raging for years… or the humiliation of seeing his widowed granddaughter forced into David’s boudoir … or for the handsome Absalom, was it his barrenness of a heir …or a lust for a blessing from his father that never came.  Bitterness is the primary element that defines all terrorists…some unresolved injustice allowed to simmer over the years.  These are the devil’s suicide bombers … targeted without fail to destroy everything in their path …most especially itself.  Both Ahithophel and Absalom ended horribly …Absalom’s body is thrown into a pit, instead of the grand memorial he planned. Ahithophel, who with a little patience may have lived to see his great grandson Solomon crowned as King after David… hangs himself. God eventually terminates all his wise traps.

I do not pray for the demise of any, but warn that long suffering, patience, humility and contentment will defend the broken from being recruited into a mischievous destiny. Be wary of a sense of entitlement and subtle feelings of superiority that creep in immediately you perceive and coronate yourself to be irreplaceable regency instead of mere sand. When you begin to think people are lucky to have met you or you become attached to titles, encomiums and honors, soon a root of unresolved entitlement germinates. Pray that God sends enough experiences to toss you into a wilderness of nothingness or to give you a thorn if that is the only way you will be preserved to an unblemished end.

External foes and terrorists are not my worry.  God soon arises as He always does to scatter His enemies when our obedience is complete.  Rather, the pain of watching hidden terrors long incubating in brethren bringing to self-destruction and causing much havoc to others, is much more traumatic. Have you seen the memorials to men that litter the spiritual landscape as celebrity preaching becomes the norm?  Impotent Absaloms with no true sons … destined for termination.

There is a solution … do not hang yourself pursuing evil industry…instead, pray that God gives all a sweet and pure heart that forgives and forgets all that it must – including and especially many past injustices that have made you obsessed with your peculiar definition of success  which is only a creation of your unresolved past hurts and social poverty.  Pray that God will give you a new uncommonly enlarged heart of flesh in a New Revival experience … the heart of a worshipper who cares more about God’s plans than anything or anyone else …. seeking the old paths of waiting on God, obedience, humility and pure service.

2Sa 15:25  And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation: 26  But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

Lord, preserve us from the spoilage and traps of the physical and spiritual terrorist. Lord give us grace that our ways truly delight you as you arise to put an end to the rage of terrorism in the land. May we all keep moving forward.  May God guide our elders, rulers and government at times like this.  God give us sons …youth that are like David who truly know thee.  Deliver us from selfishness.  Amen

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A New Terrorism and Attack on Free Speech

The recent bombings of news media premises in Abuja and Kaduna, Nigeria by suicide bombers portend another fearful extension of the violence in an emerging nation’s socio-political terrain. The choice of houses of worship, law enforcement and western embassies perceived as supportive of an unresponsive government as targets is now inclusive of premises of unsympathetic media houses. Freedom of press establishes the opportunity for every perspective to have opportunity of unhindered expression given flaws in objectivity for which there are adequate legal avenues for relief.  Seeking to spread the fear to speak sets a tone for fascist tyranny and attacks the very fabric that permits truth to be known.  Someone once said … “it is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech but immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.

“Without free speech no search for truth is possible… no discovery of truth is useful.” Charles Bradlaugh

I heard years ago the parable of several blind men examining an elephant … one holding the feet and calling it a tree…another leaning on its body and likening it to a wall …the other feeling its trunk and suspecting this must be a strange snake.  The flaws in our insights will surprise us but it is better to have different parts of the jigsaw expecting that all the pieces of the puzzle will one day provide a complete picture.

It seems we have a nation where targets of irritation for bombing down are selected if government is not motivated in creating the safety nets that alleviate hunger and pangs for some form of recognition and fulfilment that only these carriers of terror define. The institutional structures meant to regulate for fairness and guarantee order are weakened and caged in strange prisons of silence and extra legal actions apparently prevail to provide solutions that puerile bodies refuse to offer.  Without strong mature and effective institutions in all spheres … all that is bequeathed by the best of leaders to future generations are fears, tensions and grievances awaiting expression. Mutual distrust, tribal allegiances and prejudices embedded in new change maps already sabotage changes before they can even be initiated. Most will be silent for fear of being cruelly targeted.

The Bible says God is angry with the wicked everyday … have we become a wicked nation that must inherit only days of trouble? The Bible often describes the wicked as they who thrive by short-changing the weak and the vulnerable…rulers who rose through evil elevators and are trapped only to supervise the perpetuation of corruptions and oppressions in various forms. The only way to appease God is a genuine repentance – change of heart … as well as return of plunder.

Isaiah 57 [20]  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. [21]  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

A respected cleric recently asked …how can we transform or change anything for good when in our hearts we do not want to change or be transformed and deep wickedness thrives unchecked without repentance or restitution albeit in several masked strains.

The recent conviction of the former Liberian President and other similar landmarks in judicial history remind us that those who take advantage of the complex wounds of vulnerable emerging nations to raid their resources, foster troubles and sow evil, injustice and sorrow… will eventually be judged as criminal losers – no matter how long it eventually takes for them to be exposed and someday they will reap multiples of what they have sown.

Psalm 139[23]  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: [24]  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 

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