"Uriah said to David…As you live and as my soul lives, I will not do this thing."
II Samuel 11: 11, Amplified Bible
"A Man Named Uriah the Hittite" - A Principled Man- Part 4
Principled - Actions founded on moral and ethical standards.
"Principles are not like skirts which vary in length and width from one season to another."
Mary S. Wood
"I will stay in prison till the moss grows on my eyebrows rather than make a slaughterhouse of my principles."
"My husband often told the children that if a man had nothing that was worth dying for then he was not fit to live."
Coretta Scott King
I hope you'll take a moment to consider the above quote, spoken by Coretta Scott King after her husband's brutal assassination. She was only echoing a sentiment which Martin Luther King Jr. expressed on a number of occasions when he declared "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stand at times of challenge."
This expression of a principled person certainly applies to the life of Uriah the Hittite. A Man who not only talked about a principled life - but chose to live a principled life as well.
After David's act of immoral behavior with Uriah's wife Bathsheba, while Uriah was off at war, putting his life on the line for his king and his nation, a crisis developed. One of David's own making when Bathsheba reported to the palace that she was pregnant. Recognizing the serious consequences which could result if this news got out, David decided he must cover-up his behavior so he called Uriah home hoping he could convince this valiant soldier to go to his house and "lie" with his wife, thus resulting in the claim that the baby Bathsheba was carrying was Uriah's child.
This plan David hatched-up sounded simple enough if you were dealing with someone who didn't care about his God, his king, or his fellow soldiers.
The problem is that David ran head-long into a "principled" man - Uriah, and when offered the option of returning home from the battlefield, this principled warrior advised King David of the fact that as long as the king lived and ruled, he would not fall by the wayside when it came to service. The thing is, I would find this a wonderful testament to the character of Uriah. What loyalty and faithfulness he showed to King David when he had been betrayed by David in such a heinous manner. But I am even more impressed by the translation of this passage of Scripture in the Amplified Bible for Uriah didn't just make a commitment that as long as David was alive he would be a steadfast, principled person exhibiting loyalty to the king. Uriah went on and said as long as, "my soul lives," I will be principled!
You see, being a principled person wasn't a garment Uriah put on to impress the king or his general, Joab. It wasn't even a coat Uriah wrapped himself in to impress his fellow soldiers.
The principles by which Uriah lived - doing right because it was right - were the lifelong principles that defined his moral behavior. Whether he lived a life for a few short years or for many years, Uriah's moral compass tracked to his heavenly Father's guiding hand.
This prayer, penned many years ago, by Brother Roger of Taizé, is an excellent meditation as we reflect on the choices Uriah the Hittite made in his life. A convert who put God first and was a loyal principled follower of God to the very end of his life.
"Agreeing to lose everything for you, O Christ,
in order to take hold of you,
as you have already taken hold of us,
means abandoning ourselves to the living God.
Centering our life on you, Christ Jesus,
means daring to choose:
Leaving ourselves behind so as no longer to walk
on two roads at the same time:
Saying no to all that keeps us from following you,
and yes to all that brings us closer to you,
and through you, to those whom you entrust to us."
Brother Roger of Taizé
The Power of Hope
"Nailed to a cross because
You would not compromise on Your convictions.
Nailed to a cross because
You would not bow down before insolent might.
My Saviour, You were laughed at,
derided, bullied, and spat upon
but with unbroken spirit
Liberator God, You died.
Many lives are sacrificed because they will not bend;
Many…people are in prison for following Your lead.
Daily, You are crucified; my Saviour,
You are sacrificed in prison cells and torture rooms of
cruel and ruthless powers.
The promise of Resurrection,
the power of hope it holds,
and the vision of a just new order
You proclaimed that first Easter morning.
Therefore, dear Saviour, we can affirm
That although bodies are mutilated and broken…
Your voice will never be silenced."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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