Obadiah 12-14

God, the Radical Politician


You shouldn’t have talked so big
    when everything was so bad.
You shouldn’t have taken advantage of my people
    when their lives had fallen apart.
You of all people should not have been amused
    by their troubles, their wrecked nation.
You shouldn’t have taken the shirt off their back
    when they were knocked flat, defenseless.
And you shouldn’t have stood waiting at the outskirts
    and cut off refugees,
And traitorously turned in helpless survivors
    who had lost everything. 

Lectio Divina 

Read -- Read the passage aloud slowly. Understand that the prophet Obadiah is speaking to the nation of Edom who enjoyed watching the nation of Judah experience troubles. 

Think -- Put yourself in the place of the nation of Edom. You've had an ancient feud with the Israelites, and they are your bitter enemies. Politics are politics -- enemy nations do not help each other. Right? Now read the passage again, with its very different viewpoint. Hear God's radical response to Edom's very normal behavior.
     God's odd stance has been stated another way in 1 Corinthians 13:6: [Love] doesn't revel when others grovel, [it] takes pleasure in the flowering of truth." what role does the love of God play in political affairs? What role does the love of God play in how nations treat the peoples of the world who God loves?

Pray -- Ask god to help the nations of the world consider how they treat one another, especially nations who are ancient enemies. Pray for Christians who are active in inserting God's radical love into international politics (for example, Christian Peacemaker Teams). 

Live -- Stand in from of a world map or globe. Put your hand on a nation that has been an enemy of our nation. Pray for the people of that country. Pray for its leaders.

Our Lectio Divina posting is take from  The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson