J. Peter Daniel
“A cat closes her eyes and think that the world is blind”- a saying in Tamil Nadu. The meaning is very simple that the world hasn’t seen whatever we are doing in the dark. This is one way of fooling ourself in uttering the statement like this. For instance, Rathore, DGP killer has been punished for molesting Ruchika, budding tennis player, 19 year old girl, committed suicide aftermath of this incidence.
He had done the mistake and did a lot of things to escape from the ‘law’ coverage area. But nothing has been worked out in his favour. What he had done in the room that has been brought out in to the world.
In our spiritual life also, we like to be in the non coverage area of the Lord to hide our mistakes. In addition, we try to run away from his presence just like the contemporary sales man who used to switch off the phone or try to be away from the coverage area to avoid unnecessary call. But, this is not possible, because David told in Psalm139:7-10, “7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. God will bring out the incidence that we want to dump it in non coverage area.
Let us glance how God has brought King David’s sin from the non coverage area to the coverage area and his confession. In that incidence, God has used two prominent people to bring him back to God’s coverage area.
A. A loyal servant, Uriah:
Joab and his soldiers were in the battle field and fighting with Ammonities and Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem without any work. He got up from the bed and walked around the roof of the palace to see the woman bathing. He sent his messengers to get her to his bed. He slept with her and sent her back. After some days, Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite sent the message that she was pregnant. The message had shocked him. He wanted to conceal by sending her husband to sleep with her to avoid his name to be in the picture. He wanted Uriah to be the father of his child (On those days there were no facilities of testing DNA).
But the things haven’t gone as he thought. Uriah, didn’t go to his house instead he spent the night with the masters servant room. David called Uriah and enquired about the reason for not going to the house. Uriah, committed David’s soldier told that the time is not for enjoying when my masters are in the battle field. After that, David planned a strategic to kill Uriah. He did it with the help of Joab by sending him to forefront of the battle field and retreat from him, that he was killed by Ammonites.
Here, we see that God has intervened to bring the mistakes of David by not allowing Uriah to enter into his house. If he would have entered into the house, things would have gone in the favour of David.
B. The prophet, Nathan:
After killing Uriah, David has decided to put everything aside. He thought that the things were away from God’s coverage area. But, God sent Nathan to warn him with a beautiful story.
2 Sam 12:1-7
The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!
God has used two persons to bring David to His coverage area. In our life also, we think that we can run away after sinning against God. But, God will make the situation and warn through the people and incidence to bring you back to His fold. God has no coverage problem. He is everywhere to monitor and guiding you. Let us come to His presence, feel His presence and follow His presence.
J. Peter Daniel
Glocal youth vision
I was forced to eat human excreta by Christians: Dalit youth
Published on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:13:23
Dindigul (TN), January 14: In a shocking case of caste discrimination, a dalit has alleged that he was forced to eat human faeces by a group of ‘high caste Christians’ for walking with chappals in their street in the district.
The dalit youth, in his complaint to Batalagundu police inspector, said “a group of high caste Christians forced human faeces into my mouth after beating me for walking with chappals in their street”.
Sadayandi, who is from Indhira Nagar in Meikovilpatti in Dindigul district, claimed the incident occurred on January 7 when a group of more than 10 ‘caste christians’ stopped him and asked if he was not aware of the “order” that dalits should not walk with chappals in their street. Then they asked him to remove his chappals and slapped him with it, he said.
“One of them suggested that I should be fed human excreta http://www.zopag.com/news/i-was-forced-to-eat-human-excreta-by-christians-dalit-youth/12695.html)
Let Catholic weekly use the word Allah, Muslims urged
Kuala Lumpur, January 4: The Malaysian government has urged Muslims across the country to remain calm, and respect the High Court’s verdict to allow Catholic weekly ‘Herald’ to use the word ‘Allah’.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Jamil Khir Baharom, said that the groups should be patient and allow the matter to be resolved through the legal process.
“I will meet the NGOs soon to hear their views and to discuss the matter further with them,” The Star Online quoted Baharom, as saying.
On Thursday, Judge Lau Bee Lian had ruled that use of ‘Allah’ was constitutional as long as the periodical was confined to educate the followers of the Christian faith.
However, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad didn’t agree with the High Court’s decision.
“This is because ‘God’ in other religions is translated as ‘Tuhan’ in Bahasa Melayu or Arabic, not ‘Allah’. Allah specifically refers to God in Islam. If they understand that, they would use the word ‘Tuhan’, not ‘Allah’,” he said after presenting a keynote address at the Malay Undergraduates Convention at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.
Saudi schoolgirl to get 90 lashes for carrying mobile:
A 13-year-old schoolgirl in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes and two months in prison for carrying to her classroom a mobile phone equipped with a camera. The girl, who has not been named, was sentenced to 90 lashes in front of her classmates followed by two months in detention. A Saudi court pronounced the judgement after she was caught with a cell phone equipped with a camera. The gadget is banned in girls’ schools in the country, (http://www.hindustantimes.com/Saudi-schoolgirl-to-get-90-lashes-for-carrying-mobile/H1-Article1-500399.aspx accessed on 22 January 2010