Thursday, March 25, 2010

Treat them kindly

War is always about winning or losing.

Throughout the ages, when you win the war, you get whatever you want. You get the land, the riches, the people, the livestock. You get everything.

And you can treat the vanquished as well - or badly - as you want to.

God introduces some kindness and righteousness into this equation.

Today is the treatment of captive women.

Deuteronomy 21:10 “Suppose you go out to war against your enemies and the Lord your God hands them over to you, and you take some of them as captives. 11 And suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you are attracted to her and want to marry her. 12 If this happens, you may take her to your home, where she must shave her head, cut her nails, 13 and change the clothes she was wearing when she was captured. She will stay in your home, but let her mourn for her father and mother for a full month. Then you may marry her, and you will be her husband and she will be your wife. 14 But if you marry her and she does not please you, you must let her go free. You may not sell her or treat her as a slave, for you have humiliated her."

1. Give her some time to mourn.
2. Treat her kindly.
3. If the relationship ends treat her fairly.

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