Basically, if you do something which upset the natural regularity of human behavior and dignity, this restrict ones full ability to the think clearly. Therefore, for instance, say someone watched America’s Most Wanted…I think that this article might be sacred for some. But believe in me, if you see me out to the end, I can almost pledge you that you can observe something unexpectedly.
The story starts with King Saul, the first king of the Jewish people. As king, Saul had a group of constant responsibilities: to guide, protect, and represent the Jewish people. And amongst those divinely ordained responsibilities, the king of the Jewish people when given the opportunity was meant to completely wipe the Amalekite people off the face of the earth.
Saul showed great promise at first. He led the Jews into battle. Most were inspired by his leadership. And then he did something which would cause the world to forever scratch its head. The Amalekites were defeated, the king captured. Saul had the ultimate opportunity to accomplish his divine mission. But for reasons that are beyond the comprehension of many, he let the king live. Through the king they would replenish their people, and the Amalekites would eventually cause untold harm to the Jewish nation. Why, Saul, why?
The bleeding hearts might say: How could you possibly criticize him? Saul is the ultimate in true compassion!!
It might be so. But I look at him the same way I might look at a person throwing food to a starving Nazi, or someone providing shelter to a fugitive serial killer. Perhaps there is such a thing as “bad compassion.”
Oh, but it gets so much more confusing.
This is just the first step where I look at King Saul (and many, many others) and proclaim loudly: What the heck were you thinking?!
So, Saul serves as the prime example of extreme compassion, right?
Maybe. Probably not.
Let’s take a peek at another portion of his history:
King Saul had gotten into his head that a young man named David was out to get him. This was terribly wrong information, but even if it were true one could easily argue Saul’s actions were minimally overkill.
While David was fleeing from the king, he came to a town called Nob. This was a town of spiritual leaders. They believed David was there on a mission from the king, and therefore gave him food and a weapon to defend himself.
When Saul found out that David had been to Nob, and that the spiritual leaders had aided him, Saul was infuriated and went to Nob. Their explanations of what occurred meant nothing to Saul. Saul ordered that the entire town be executed!
So there you have it. The epitome of compassion? It certainly doesn’t appear that way. How does a man go from being kind and caring to sick, demented murderer, to ordering the mass extermination of of a bunch of peaceful prayer leaders without proper cause or justification?
So King Saul’s a nutbag, right?
Well, I’m not so sure. He let a murderer live, yet called for the wanton killing of a whole lot of innocents. One’s first impression could easily be that he must have been bipolar, or perhaps just an unstable lunatic. Or your average power hungry despot making selfish decisions randomly on the spot.
The Jewish sages see things in a totally different way. They see everything as cause and effect. His earlier actions led to his later actions.
Listen to this:
According to these wise folk, a person who is kind and compassionate to the wicked will eventually be merciless to those that deserve compassion.
Essentially, if you do something which is disruptive to the natural order of human behavior and decency, this interferes with ones entire ability to think clearly. So, for example, say someone watched America’s Most Wanted and heard all about a man who has raped and murdered seventeen women, and saw him wounded in his backyard, and out of a misguided “respect” for humanity he took him into his home and fed and sheltered him. This criminal deserves no compassion. No sympathy whatsoever. To treat him with the love and kindness you would an innocent, harmless individual sends a shock though one’s moral fiber. Decision making gets clouded. The ability to make simple ethical conclusions is disrupted. The initial act of severely misguided compassion will ultimately lead to deeds of wanton cruelty in the name of justice and righteousness!
Do you think this is real? Do you think that such phenomena exist in the real world?
I have NEVER seen a better example of this than what I have witnessed of the Israeli government over the past couple of decades.
Israel is surrounded by Muslim nations that include minority, albeit sizable, populations of non-repentant terrorists who have made it a mission in their lives to hurt and kill Jews. They don’t hide this fact. Ever. They shout their hatred with fury, and teach it to their children like it were basic math skills.
No other country in the world would show compassion under these circumstances the way Israel does time and time again. Imagine the United States government negotiating with Osama Bin Laden! Or offering cities within its borders as a peace offering to a nation currently involved in launching attacks against her. Unthinkable… unless of course you’re Israel.
I lived in Israel for eight years where I came inches away from being kicked out of my home as the government’s way of showing Arabs we’re serious about peace. One of my neighbors was shot in the face while driving home, leaving five children forever without a father. Someone else showed how serious THEY were about peace.
So what happens to a people who forever bend over backwards to demonstrate their willingness for peace with those who wish us harm?
They go batty.
And they make decisions that are contrary and unreasonable.
Three years ago that same government aggressively and violently kicked 8,000 Jews out of their homes. Why? To give that land to the Palestinians. I’ve been to the places that were emptied out. What was there? Was it a haven of aggression and hostility? Hardly. All I saw were families. Nice, friendly, innocent families, living there originally with the FULL support of the same government that would eventually kick them out. 8,000 men, women, and children were torn from their homes and kicked out to an indefinite unknown. It sounds like I described one of the countless acts of anti-Semitism our history has seen. How much more painful is that I’m describing an act of my own Jewish government!?
But it was inevitable. They’re just imitating King Saul. They continuously take pity on the violent. For someone who confounds their soul so severely, it’s only a matter of time before they viciously and permanently yank a mother and child from their home.
It’s painful… but true.
Once again, I find myself look at King Saul and yelling, “What the heck were you thinking?!”