I Was Just Thinking About – COLLUSION COLLISION.
The word collusion means: “a secret agreement, especially for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy.” It is a suggestive and imaginative narrative inasmuch as one major element is lacking– FACTS. Making an encompassing and condemning statement is easy whereas proving it is becomes difficult.
Sometimes “collusion” can be an individual’s effort to cover up devious behavior. From a spiritual/religious point of view, it will be an effort to deceive and failure to acknowledge truth. A sad illustration of this occurs in the life of David (recorded in II Samuel 11 and 12). II Samuel 11:1 allows for some thoughts about the location of David. The text reads: “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” Note the introductory phrase “when kings go off to war.” Questions: (1) Was David ill and unable to go with his army into battle? Or, (2) Had he previously observed the bathing habits of his near neighbor, Bathsheba, and allowed his lusts to dictate his inner desires? II Samuel 11:2-5 reveals what happened: “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace… he saw a woman, Bathsheba, bathing. The woman was very beautiful…David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her…Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, ‘I am pregnant’.”
What will David do in this moment of COLLUSION COLLISION? An oft used phrase is: “Be sure your sins will find you out.” David decides to cover up his actions by bringing home the woman’s husband for a brief furlough from the battle. David’s focus was that he could cover up his actions by allowing her husband to believe that he was the cause of his wife’s pregnancy. David failed to consider Uriah was a man of principle, integrity and loyalty. He would not allow himself the pleasure of sleeping with his wife while the remainder of the army was engaged in battle. Now what? What is David’s next move? Collusion will now include Joab’s participation to put Uriah in the forefront of the battle and to withdraw the rest of the troops, thus allowing Uriah to be killed.
The mistake David made is comparable to the mistake many make. It is believed that denying an act and making excuses will eliminate both culpability and complicity. Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 disclose the agony of body and soul as David wrestled with his acts of sin before God. He will be brought to a place where he will confess to the Lord: “Against You, You only, have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight” (Psalm 51:4). Has this ever happened to you? How have you dealt with Collusion Collision in your live?
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.