Beyond Vengeance

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Psalm 94:1-2 1 O Lord, you God of vengeance,you God of vengeance, shine forth! 2 Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve! (NRSV)

[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.


What an unsavory and offensive wish —
that God would wipe out all those
whom I consider wicked and unrighteous
that God would be a ‘heavenly hit man’
to resolve my ‘black and white’ view of the world.

A vengeful God
no longer ‘fits’
assuming a dualistic world
where I can clearly 
between the unjust and the just
the wicked and the good
the foolish and the wise
the faithful and the unreligious
assuming that I am to be included with
the just
the good
the wise
the faithful

A vengeful God
is the result of arrogance and pride
vengeful gods and Psalms about them
need to be turned upside-down
need to be turned inside-out
or they need to be ignored

Lord, save me from myself
from my vengeance
from my hatred
from my fear
set me free to engage others without fear
to love without regret
to interact without hatred
to live without why

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