(August 24, 2014)
Is there a more tragic reality than the fact that Uriah the Hittite was a valiant servant of David, a loyal confident, and trusted friend? It is bad enough that David sent a man to die in order to hide his sin, or that he committed adultery with Bathsheba, but that the woman he committed adultery with was the wife of a friend and that man he condemned was a loyal and longtime friend makes the whole sordid affair that much worse.
Of course, the scriptures aren’t for us to read and imagine to ourselves how much better we are – rather, they are for us to read and apply the lessons to our own lives and identify shared weaknesses and the ways we likewise fail. Perhaps we might not be willing to condemn our friends to death (or steal their spouses), but do we take advantage of their friendships? Do we fail to properly respect their thoughts and feelings – considering that they, as friends, should ‘accept us as we are’ (a phrase often used to justify disrespectful and selfish behavior, as often as not)?