Blindly Seeing the Hand of God

Blindly Seeing the Hand of God

 

Talking Iran: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015.

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.


On the same day that I happened upon this audacious tweet by the now-executive vice president of the Family Research Council...

I do not assume I share the same theology as @netanyahu, but I know the hand of #God when I see it. It was on that man today. #BibiSpeech
— Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin

I happened upon this incredible, deplorable account of the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims by Serbian Christians between 1992 and 1995 (in Islam, Peace and Social Justice: A Christian Perspective by A. Christian van Gorder)...

Killing centers were set up where individuals were executed nightly by means of "sport atrocities," in which "victims would be tortured and thrown off the bridge and shot at as they fell down into the Drina River."
Before a town was "purified" of its non-Christians, religious leaders would often hold formal religious services for Bosnian Serbian troops. Orthodox clergy uniformly and enthusiastically supported the war efforts against the Bosnian infidels. Priests often led the way in identifying the homes of their fellow villagers for destruction. The noted war criminal Zeljko "Arkan" Raznatovic related: "We are fighting for our faith, the Serbian Orthodox Church."
...Bosnian Serbs [Christians] genuinely believed in a number of "myths and lies" about their religious and moral superiority and the holy duty of Bosnian Serbs to kill their Bosnian Muslim neighbors.

 

Which, being interpreted means...

Unequivocally discerning the hand of God in the earthly affairs of men and women—and nations—is, apparently, directly related to our capacity to believe in our religious and moral superiority.

The blindness here really should be quite evident.

To an American general as to an Israeli prime minister.

To the Serb on the street and the ayatollahs in Iran.

Or to anyone else wearing the human condition.


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