“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 Forgive me if I begin to sound like a femi-nazi, but this story in Judges illustrates the depravity and murderous spirit of Satan that make victims of women. First the Levite (umm, from the tribe of priests, right?) gives his concubine to the crowd who wanted to sodomize him. Now he had to know what her fate would be, rape and unmentionable acts that would lead to her death. The Levite then uses this incident to arouse the nation of Israel to go to war against the Benjamites. Though God eventually gives the victory to Israel, they come up with a plan to give the defeated tribe – you guessed it, women. Imagine your daughter or granddaughter having fun dancing at a festival and some strange man forces her to leave with him to become his wife, and you cannot get the authorities to do anything about it. That is what happened in this story. Since they would not give their own daughters for brides, Israel gave the Benjamites permission to abduct and force marriage on young virgins from another tribe during a festival where young women could be found (sounds something like the sex slave trade, to me).
Okay, I’ll be fair and say that women perpetrate many injustices, too. It’s just that the weaker sex, or the disabled (as is illustrated in the story of Lazarus in Luke), are pawns in the games played by the powerful or wealthy, and seemingly without a prick to the conscious. What is happening to humanity when we can turn our heads from injustice? Or how is it that we will give a stamp of approval to brutality with only the barest of facts? Why is it that we think God is on our side when our pain becomes unbearable, or our fears humble us, or our self-righteous anger emboldens us?
Without God we may, in fact, be like the impulsive, charge up the hill, throw the tramp to the wolves, kind of people who have not taken the time to seek the Lord’s will in matters of such magnitude. A modern day example is the Trayvon/Zimmerman case. “Hang ’em high and ask questions later.” Isn’t that the American way? In the end we may only be doing what is right in our own eyes.