Abner and Coats

When King David sought peace with the  northern kingdom, he asked to meet Abner, the popular leader of the kingdom. The two leaders met and parted in peace. On hearing of this new alliance, King David’s military commander Joab asked to  meet with Abner, whom he viewed as a threat to his  power. Upon seeing Abner walk towards him, Joab stuck out his hand in peace but stabbed him in the stomach, leaving him to bleed to death in the road. When David heard of Abner’s death, he made lamentation and fasted in sorrow, but declared he had nothing to do with his death. So much for Abner trusting King David and his commander.

I thought of  this sordid tale from 2 Samuel when I read Chapter 4 of Rage, Bob Woodward’s new book on the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. Woodward early in his book sets the stage by telling how Trump built his cabinet. One of his earliest recruits is Senator Dan Coats who was talked into joining the Trump group by Mike Pence. 

Every Christ follower should read this chapter of Rage before voting and then ask if  the  Trump/Pence ticket is one any Christ follower can support.

One thought on “Abner and Coats

  1. I have not read Mr. Woodward’s book, and probably will not. I find his books to be interesting, but lacking in credibility. But whether his account is accurate or not, I am not comfortable with your conclusion, “Every Christ follower should read this chapter of Rage before voting and then ask if the Trump/Pence ticket is one any Christ follower can support.” Republicans tell me the same thing when we discuss marriage equality or abortion. Can we truly determine one’s testimony of Christ from their political viewpoints?

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