Barbarism, desecration enormity, inhumanity and violence are all associated with outrage. Death is one of the most common events which triggers this raw emotion. While seventy percent of the protesters in North Carolina were bused in from out of state, this doesn’t mean that the parents and family who lost their son have released all of their frustrations. Tragic events take time to cope with, heal and recovered from, yet there is another kind of outrage which often gets overlooked.
The people went to Bethel, where they sat before God until evening, raising their voices and weeping bitterly, Judges 21:2.
The grieving process affects individuals in varies ways. Some mourn in silence while others heal quicker the more they can share the burden upon their hearts. Yet, there are millions who have perish without the shedding of a tear. According to the CDC, over 50 million babies have been aborted in America since 1973. Although some woman who have shared their regrets during television interviews, there are no tombstones to remember those whose life never began, cut short by due to medical reasons or inconvenience.
“LORD, God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel? Why should one tribe be missing from Israel today?” – Judges 21:3
Whenever people are confused, God is either the first to blame or place to find refuge from their pain. After the murder by an enemy of Israel, people of faith displayed a different kind of outrage. Those who endured injustice in the Old Testament didn’t waver in seeking answers to their problems in life. Rather, people of faith raised their voice in prayer, demanding and expecting answers. This is a different kind of outrage which still has a place in understanding God’s plan and purpose for your life.
by Jay Mankus