One of the wonderful thing about the Scriptures is that they show our ancestors and heroes as unvarnished human beings. Today’s reading from 2 Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17 shows King David at his lustful, adulterous, murderous, and most faithless worst. You can read it for yourself, but basically David commits adultery and makes sure that the woman’s husband will be killed in battle so that he can take his wife for his own without recrimination. Despicable.
Can we find our unvarnished human selves in the pages of Scripture? I’ve been reading about the way the assemblers of iPhones, iPads, and all things Apple are treated in factories in China. And as I hold my own Apple products I have to wonder, how am I implicitly guilty of the inhuman conditions in those factories? How do my buying habits affect others in the world?