This is What Man’s Vengeance Achieves

21 Aug

This is What Man’s Vengeance Achieves

Act of Vengeance

Romans 12:19,  “Dearly beloved , avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”


The above article shows what happens when man takes into his hands the vengeance that belongs to God.


It is totally understandable that people will feel great grief when a three-year-old, darting across a road, is fatally run over by a car.


And the human heart wants to cast blame, doesn’t it?  The very parents who should have been watching that child at the birthday party will, like all of us, try to blame the driver of the car for coming along at the very moment the child ran across the road. 


But then we readers tend to want to counterblame the parents for being inattentive to their child.  Yet who among us hasn’t been distracted at a birthday party and lost track of a small child for a moment or two? 


The fact that we want to assume that the parents weren’t watching him at all, the entire time the party was going on, shows our sinful hearts and our tendency to blame people for tragic things that happen to them.  That is usually called “blaming the victim.” 


Sure, you can find parents who go to parties and expect everyone else there to watch their children for them.  But we don’t know anything about these parents, so assuming that they were irresponsible is presumptuous, isn’t it?  We don’t even know if they knew about the other partygoers who attacked the car. 


Further exacerbating the fingerpointing is the fact that the names seem to imply that the child was African-American and the driver was white.  She stopped.  She probably did what she could, prior to her mirror being torn off and her car being pelted with rocks. 


This was the Eastern Shore of our state of Virginia.  It was not a Third World country.  Yet the reaction seems like the reaction of a mob overseas.  Very scary.


What if we just say that, unless we get further information on this tragic accident, we will assume that it was not preventable?  The woman seems to have been driving below the speed limit.  The parents may have tried to chase their child as he broke away.  He was only three.  He simply didn’t know about cars and staying away from them.  Heartbreaking. 


But good for us to assume the best of people until given information to the contrary.  Leave the judging, and any vengeance, to God.  And work for racial reconciliation wherever you can! 


2 Responses to “This is What Man’s Vengeance Achieves”

  1. Josh Savage August 21, 2012 at 7:57 AM #

    Reblogged this on savage taste and commented:
    Tragic story of loss and a great insight into vengeance in my neck of the woods.

    • singingsoprano August 21, 2012 at 8:19 AM #

      Thanks, Josh. I have already had two people hit it via Savage Taste. Your Potato Soup which I reblogged yesterday got about ten hits on my page. Not sure if they clicked through on the link, because they can see the synopsis on my page. Maybe a few less clicked all the way through. I am still learning this stuff . . . .

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