As I thought over these "people", I remembered my experience in church this week. Now, the worst thing a pastor can say to me is "open your Bible to the xxth chapter of St. Fillintheblank", because, invariably at the moment I have grasped what he's trying to point out I will start reading ahead. This week, whilst Pastor Dave was drawing conclusions from the dinner Abraham and Sarah were serving to the Lord and His two angelic sidekicks, I was reliving Lot's last night and morning in Sodom. And I though about how these groups aforementioned were just about like the citizens of the Plain; nothing more than conscienceless beasts, rutting and killing for no other reason than to please their warped emotions. Yes, I said for NO OTHER REASON; The Shi'ites in Iraq can claim they want to establish a government by their "faith". The Somalis can claim they want their kind of "law". The rebels of the DRC (mostly, as I understand it, Rwandans who must have raped all the woman in their own tiny little hell-hole and now want to ravish the prone body of their incoherent neighbor) can claim they want to establish their "ethnic group" in charge. But all they really want to do is kill and rape; if you put them all together on an island and let them establish all the things they claim they're fighting for, they'd just kill and rape each other out of existence. Because that, and nothing more, is all they want and live for.
So, as I prayed for a little insight on the subject beyond, "let's just put a big fence around them and let them eradicate each other", Jesus whispered into my ear this little tidbit:
Matthew 11 New International Version
23And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths.d If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
The point being, yes they are animals. But they have a limited excuse that the availability of the Gospel has not touched their hearts to the extent it has in our "civilized" nations. And yet we rape, we kill; we have every means at our disposal to effect our salvation, and to turn our lives in repentance once Grace is conferred, and do we? Are we even thankful that God has seen fit to bless us with life in a nation where these things are the oddity and not the norm? And if grateful, what do we do with it? God sees me condemn these people and asks, "And what would YOU do in that life? I brought you and called you to pray for grace, not to suggest additions to hell's playroom. Shelve your self-righteousness and follow Me."
Lord, when it seems that men are irredeemable and unreachable, when my every instinct wants to beg you to bring down judgement on this earth, remind me where I would be without you, if people had thought me Irredeemable and unreachable; strengthen me to forgive and pray.