DO WHAT YOU WANT TO THE WOMEN

For women, the nineteenth chapters of Genesis and Judges are the two most disturbing stories in scripture.

Genesis 19:1-12 (NIV, emphasis mine) reads:

1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”

“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.”

But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said, “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing. Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

“Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a foreigner, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here,13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry[a] his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

Shockingly, Judges 19:9-30 (NIV, emphasis mine) is even worse.

 Then when the man, with his concubine and his servant, got up to leave, his father-in-law, the woman’s father, said, “Now look, it’s almost evening. Spend the night here; the day is nearly over. Stay and enjoy yourself. Early tomorrow morning you can get up and be on your way home.” 10 But, unwilling to stay another night, the man left and went toward Jebus (that is, Jerusalem), with his two saddled donkeys and his concubine.

11 When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, “Come, let’s stop at this city of the Jebusites and spend the night.”

12 His master replied, “No. We won’t go into any city whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah.” 13 He added, “Come, let’s try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places.” 14 So they went on, and the sun set as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin. 15 There they stopped to spend the night. They went and sat in the city square, but no one took them in for the night.

16 That evening an old man from the hill country of Ephraim, who was living in Gibeah (the inhabitants of the place were Benjamites), came in from his work in the fields. 17 When he looked and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, “Where are you going? Where did you come from?”

18 He answered, “We are on our way from Bethlehem in Judah to a remote area in the hill country of Ephraim where I live. I have been to Bethlehem in Judah and now I am going to the house of the Lord.  No one has taken me in for the night.19 We have both straw and fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for ourselves your servants—me, the woman and the young man with us. We don’t need anything.”

20 “You are welcome at my house,” the old man said. “Let me supply whatever you need. Only don’t spend the night in the square.” 21 So he took him into his house and fed his donkeys. After they had washed their feet, they had something to eat and drink.

22 While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.”

23 The owner of the house went outside and said to them, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this outrageous thing. 24 Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don’t do such an outrageous thing.”

25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. 26 At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.

27 When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28 He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.

29 When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 30 Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!”

 Thankfully, the story does not end here. Judges 20:1-17 continues:

1 Then all Israel from Dan to Beersheba and from the land of Gilead came together as one and assembled before the Lord in Mizpah. The leaders of all the people of the tribes of Israel took their places in the assembly of God’s people, four hundred thousand men armed with swords. (The Benjamites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the Israelites said, “Tell us how this awful thing happened.”

So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, “I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night. During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died. I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel’s inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel. Now, all you Israelites, speak up and give your verdict.”

All the men rose up together as one, saying, “None of us will go home. No, not one of us will return to his house. But now this is what we’ll do to Gibeah: We’ll go up against it in the order decided by casting lots. 10 We’ll take ten men out of every hundred from all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred from a thousand, and a thousand from ten thousand, to get provisions for the army. Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel.” 11 So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city.

12 The tribes of Israel sent messengers throughout the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What about this awful crime that was committed among you? 13 Now turn those wicked men of Gibeah over to us so that we may put them to death and purge the evil from Israel.”

But the Benjamites would not listen to their fellow Israelites. 14 From their towns they came together at Gibeah to fight against the Israelites. 15 At once the Benjamites mobilized twenty-six thousand swordsmen from their towns, in addition to seven hundred able young men from those living in Gibeah. 16 Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed,each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

17 Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand swordsmen, all of them fit for battle.

 In the Genesis account, the nation of Israel had not yet come from the body of Abraham. The future Patriarch, as yet, had no community to defend his nephew’s daughters or guests from an entrenched, cultural pattern of the gang rape of sojourners.   In this case, God dispatched angels to protect Lot’s family and get them to safety before God, Himself, “purged the evil” from Sodom.

Although the events of Genesis 19 and Judges 19 are strikingly similar, centuries had passed between them.   By the time the Levite and his unfortunate concubine entered history, the young nation had been enslaved by and delivered from Egypt, Moses had been given the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic Law, and most of the Israelite tribes had taken possession of the Promised Land.   God’s intention for civil order had been revealed, read aloud, and recorded as preparation for the settlement of His people in their new territory.

Few in the Israelite nation were unaware of the Commandments of Deuteronomy Chapter 5, or the instruction for the physical and sexual protections of women encoded in Deuteronomy 21:10-14 and 22:13-29.  In them God demanded death for any man who raped a betrothed or married woman. He demanded respect for Israelite women slandered by their husbands. God’s protections even extended to conquered women taken in marriage by an Israelite man. If a man raped a virgin, not betrothed, he was obligated to restore her dignity through marriage and provide for her the rest of his life.

While the Levite of Judges 19 surely chose a gruesome way to demand national accountability to God’s intention for the restraint of sexual assault, abuse, and murder of women, the rest of his countrymen heard him loud and clear. Bear in mind that a concubine was of lesser status than a wife. Even so, the other eleven tribes of Israel responded with a unified outcry for the penalty God’s laws required.

“What about this awful crime that was committed among you?” they asked the Benjaminites. Then they demanded,  “Now turn those wicked men of Gibeah over to us so that we may put them to death and purge the evil from Israel.”

When the Benjaminites refused to hand over the rapist/murderers for capital punishment they were, in fact, declaring their corporate approval for the crime, thereby affirming practices which would, over time, ensure the cultural explosion of predatory sexual violence. But the other tribes were as determined to restrain sexual violence as the Benjamites were to practice it.

The tribe of Benjamin mustered 26,000 warriors.   The other Eleven Tribes were backed by 400,000 of them. This was no small skirmish. And all over one female, a mere concubine, at that? No! The men of Israel were fighting for the physical and emotional well-being of all their mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and grand-daughters. And not only these, but for their progeny as well.

If you are a male member of Western Civilization, this ancient and bloody Jewish Civil War was for the benefit of your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and grand-daughters. And if you are a female member of Western Civilization, you are only the latest generation, in a long line, of beneficiaries of this Jewish Civil War. The physical and emotional safety you enjoy today, as a member of a Biblically-informed civilization, can be traced back to the response of 11 tribes of Israel against the organized, and condoned, abuse and murder of women within the tribe of Benjamin.

Like America’s Civil War which ended slavery, Israel’s Civil War to protect women was fierce and costly for both sides. The tribe of Benjamin lost all but 900 of their original 26,000 warriors. Israel’s casualties were over 40,000. The men of this young Israelite nation paid a high price to establish a country where the laws against rape were vigorously enforced and the intentions of organized sexual predators were soundly thwarted.

In the end, God’s intentions, embraced by men, purged the evil practice from the land. The result was the rise of the most tranquil and civilized society the earth had seen to date.  Mothers, wives and sisters, daughters and grand-dughters  thereafter moved within the borders of Israel with an enormous amount of safety and freedom from the fear of sexual assault. Even women from conquered nations and female, as well as male sojourners,  enjoyed the protections won in this Jewish Civil War. This is the civilization birthed by God, through Moses. But there were borders.

Outside the borders of Israel, much different customs and cultural practices persisted. They persist to this day.

Recently, I had an opportunity to attend a forum with Hon. Duffie Stone, the Fourteenth Circuit Judicial Solicitor for my area of South Carolina.   He concededed that America does have the highest incarceration rates of any first-world country. Then he said it was, in large part, because Americans will not put up with as much of the deviant behaviors that other cultures tolerate, especially those that would victimize women. As a member of the weaker sex, I find this information very comforting.

It is clear to this American, that our highest elected officials have sold the interests of their countrymen to purchase global power. Hillary’s naked corruption, and the national and international blood money that props her up, leave her supporters few places to hide from the fact that they will vote for her because she will continue to feed them and they cannot see how they will eat without her. Mrs. Clinton could raffle off the human products from Planned Parenthood’s most skillful late-term abortions in Times Square, and her kept constituents would lick off her bloody hands, before trampling over one another on their way to vote for her. Tragically, this is the state of many of my dear countrymen. The transition is complete. The American underclass are as helpless as newborns without the federal government to feed them, clothe them, house them, and now, physically treat them. These are the fatherless progeny of Socialist policy-makers. Helpless, hopeless, skill-less, jobless, and above all, clueless as to the causes of their poverty.

In the face of self-evident truths to the contrary the misguided members of Black Lives Matter accept the lies of reverends like Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright who pin the cause of poverty on bigotry.  Really? How many hours a week do their multi-ethnic countrymen work to feed the abandoned offspring of black men? Is this how bigotry behaves? Is this how hate behaves? Tell me, then, how does love behave?

This monstrous government has no money of its own. Self-reliant working people abide the federal and state confiscation of up to half their paychecks in order to feed, clothe, shelter and physically treat their poverty stricken countrymen. Bigotry? I think not.

The demoralizing thing is that few people really benefit from redistribution. Those that work to fund poverty and those who live in it, all lose. The only ones who have ever consistently benefited from redistribution are the members of the ruling class.

Under President Hillary, our borders will remain open. She will sponsor the Muslim invasion she now threatens. The avowed Feminist, who seeks the American vote by virtue of her female anatomy, will sponsor an invasion of foreigners who have a pattern, now well over a millennium, of deeply-entrenched, and religiously-mandated of rape, abuse, mutilation, enslavement and murder of women.

Note the veteran observations of one of Western Civilization’s most celebrated leaders:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.” 

― Winston S. ChurchillThe River War (first publication, 1899)

Our current President’s terms have been marked by an unwavering sympathy for Islam. At the start of his first term, England sent him a gift that he promptly sent back. The gift was a bust of Winston Churchill.

In 2016, in their efforts to abolish international competition, globalists in our federal government insist on non-enforcement of our borders and our immigration laws. Globalist accomplices in the press, and the elite members of George Soros’s Open Society, daily imply that these “refugees” are poor and oppressed merely by virtue of their political status as “refugees”. They insist that Syrian refugees just want the same things for their families as Americans want for theirs. Even if that were so (which it is not), are responsible American men and women morally obligated to embrace federal compulsion to pay the bill for the indefinite financial support of foreign Muslim families consisting of one man with multiple wives and their tens of children? Is it the moral responsibility of American laborers to support the children of foreigners when they consider their own paychecks too meager to have more children of their own?

What of the Muslim whose religion encourages an opposite view of morality? What of the Muslim “refugee” who considers it his moral obligation to exploit the entitlement laws of infidel nations, in order to suppress the proliferation of infidels while promoting the proliferation of Muslims at infidel expense? The one who is only too pleased to feed his many children with food taken from an American table? In truth, isn’t this a form of federally-enforced enslavement? Does the federal government have the right to indenture the current and future labor of Americans to foreigners who are required to contribute nothing and who have demonstrated firm hostility towards us and towards our way of life, and who will raise children who will have the right to vote against the interests of American children in less than two decades? Doesn’t it rather appear that globalists in our federal government have joined with enemy invaders to conquer America by means of our virtuous compassion as expressed through our country’s Socialist-redistributive policies?

These are hard questions for Americans, especially for Christian Americans. These are questions we would all rather shun in hopes that, if we are just polite, if we just love our enemy, then we can all get along and things will work out peaceably. How is that working out for the families of the people who were massacred in the nightclub in Orlando? How about in Boston, New York, London, Paris, Bali, and Israel? How is it working out for the victims of Boca Haram, Hamas, al-Qaeda, ISIS … all the way back to America’s very first external war, in 1801, “to the shores of Tripoli”?

When God commanded the Israelites to be gracious to the alien within their borders, did he mean to treat them respectfully and fairly, or did He intend to bankrupt Israel for their care?  Where, in scripture, did God ever require the people of Israel or their leaders, to break down their fortress walls from the inside and invite the conquerors in? When Jesus said, go into all the world, did he mean to bring all the world physically into Jerusalem? Does a nation have the duty to close its borders to likely enemy combatants during a time of war? Does a nation have a right to borders at all? Does a nation have the duty to preserve its laws and culture? Does it have a right to sovereignty? Does a nation have the duty to protect its citizens? Do its citizens have a right to private property? If so, do its citizens have a right to defend private property? Do its citizens have a right to life? Does Jesus’s directive to love thy enemy preclude the Christian from protecting the mortal lives of his wife and children? Does Jesus’s directive to love thy neighbor preclude the Christian from protecting the innocent lives of his neighbor’s wife and children? When a man uses lethal force to save the life of the innocent from a violent predator, should humanity consider that an act of love for the innocent or an act of animosity toward the attacker? How about when such a man joins the military to protect innocent civilians? Do Christian cultures have a right to survival within the fallen nations of the earth? Do Christian cultures have a moral obligation to survival among the fallen nations of the earth?

Currently Americans, especially Christian Americans, are so completely confused by incessantly-blaring media messages pouring through the twisted filter of public education’s deliberately-skewed representation of American history, that they are having trouble answering these questions. When they look to their pulpits for guiding Biblical principles, what they all too often hear are accusations of bigotry, affirmations of the necessity for political correctness, weak pleas for neutrality, excuses for poor stewardship of our land, or silence.  But . . . these questions persist.

In light of this, one must at least respect the moral consistency of the nonviolent practices of Quakers and sects like The Amish, even if you don’t agree with them. At the times when their commitment to non-violence is most costly, it is also most compelling.

As November 8th continues streaking toward us like a giant meteorite, and with it the colossal conflict of conscience that is the choice between Trump, Hillary, or the abdication of civic duty, I would beg American Pastors prayerfully and urgently to seek God in rediscovering the razor’s edge where obligation to extend grace ends and obligation to restrain evil begins. I would ask them to deliver clear and scripturally-sound messages that will help dissipate the prevailing confusion within our Churches and our culture. I would ask pastors to help their congregations reconcile the directive to love thy neighbor with support of government practices that are settling cultural, sexual predators and/or bloodthirsty Jihadists in their neighbor’s midst.

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? 

I Cor. 14:8

From time to time, moral boundaries must be enforced. That’s a fact of moral life!  It’s time for Americans thoughtfully to draw their lines. Simple prudence suggests we draw our lines at our borders now, in hopes that we can avoid a repeat of the bloody Civil War of our Jewish forbearers, preserved for our edification, in Judges, Chapter 19.

If Christian Americans choose to reject their duty to restrain evil, then I challenge them to gather ethics, spirituality, and reason under the banner of consistency. And under the banner of consistency, be the first in your community to support your globalist leaders, celebrate your open borders, lay down your arms, unlock your doors, turn on your porch light, all for the foreign members of a religiously-sanctioned predator mob, and prepare to throw them your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and grand-daughters. For those mobs will surely show up – just like they have in Sweden and Germany. When they do, you can cower in your house and repeat the shameful anthem of your ancient predecessors: “Do what you want to the women.”