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Last Saturday night, Britain suffered a third Islamist attack in three months when terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed many victims in the nearby restaurant district. Seven were killed and dozens wounded. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, gave a strongly worded response. However, government efforts to restrict incitements to terror have been frustrated by free-speech impediments in British courts, creating a sense of impotence in dealing with such threats.
Gideon may have felt a similar sense of impotence when called to deliver Israel from the Midianites. He found a number of excuses to resist God’s call: God’s current actions in Israel’s behalf weren’t as bold as they had been in the past, Gideon was from a weak clan, he was least in his family, he needed a divine sign, etc.
- How can a society which values privacy and the freedoms of speech, association, and religion protect itself from those who abuse those freedoms to destroy that society?
- Should temporary security measures such as those used in wartime be put in force to protect us today? Why or why not?
- Have you ever felt, as Gideon did, that God isn’t working in behalf of his people as he used to? Explain.
- Have you ever felt you were inadequate for what God called you to do? How did you deal with such feelings?
- When we are unsure of God’s will for us, should we seek signs? Why or why not?
—Charles R. Boatman
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