11. Wounded By Another’s Fall
It is impossible to have victims without having villains. For that reason, we have both; the rise of victimization in our society and an increase in villainizing other people. In order for someone to be a victim, we must make others villains. Unfortunately, that requires that we judge the heart of another person. In so doing, we often destroy the ability of someone to be used of God again, because we have made them into a perpetual villain in order to have perpetual victims.
Let me tell you about a villain in the Bible. His name was David. Yes, that David. The shepherd boy David. The David who killed a lion and a bear to protect his father’s sheep. The same David who fought the giant Goliath, for the sake of his country and his God. The David who was anointed to be the king of Israel. Yes I’m talking about that David. You see, David would be considered a villain today. David victimized an innocent lady and her family. David went further and victimized an innocent man and his family. Because of his behavior, David left many victims in his wake. The family of Bathsheba, who saw her defiled, were victims of David. Uriah himself was a victim, but also the family of Uriah were victims. David’s mighty men lost one of their own, so they were victims. In fact, a disillusioned nation could all say that they were victimized by a man who betrayed them. He wasn’t what they thought he was. David really was a villain. Yet, that villain was called a man after God’s own heart.
Do you realize that for the rest of David’s life, socalled victims sought for his destruction? His own children probably thought of themselves as victims because of what they saw their father do. Bathsheba’s grandfather sought to have David killed because he considered himself a victim. The problem with victimization is that it demonizes people who hurt others as a result of their sin. It also makes the person demonic and takes the responsibility off of Satan. There are people who appear to hate some people more, than they hate Satan. They probably deem them to be worse than the devil himself. In order to keep one’s status of victim, they must continue demonizing their villain. And that’s exactly what happened throughout David’s life. His victims could not find victory in their own life, so they spent their lives demonizing David as a villain.
Was David a villain? No he was a sinner, just like those of us whose sins have at some time hurt others. Sin always hurts others. In fact, no matter what the sin, there are always affects on others, some which are never seen. We have all been victims because we have all walked with sinners. We have all hurt others because we are all sinners. The solution is for victims to gain victory, and for those who hurt them, to be forgiven and given the opportunity to live their life for God. Demonization needs to stop. But it can only stop when victimization is no longer encouraged. People who encourage victims are often doing so for the sake of their own cause thus turning the victim into a victim forever. It is sad that those who would perpetuate their “ministry” would victimize a victim in order to accomplish their agenda.
Yes, David was a villain, but not for long. He repented, God forgave, God restored, God used him, and God called him a man after his own heart. What we need are fewer villains and victims and far more overcomers. (DH)