Title: The Negotiation
Date: June 22, 2013
God says to Abe, "I hear the people in a city are wicked bad. I’m going to destroy it.”
Abe says, “Hold up, God. You’re planning on killing everybody, the innocent and guilty together? Suppose you find fifty innocent folk there. You wouldn't destroy the good along with the bad, would you? That’s not justice. Shouldn’t the Judge of all the earth do what’s right?”
God says, “Fine! If I find fifty innocents, I’ll spare the entire city for them. Satisfied?”
“No,” says Abe, “let me go a little further even though I am nothing. Suppose there’re forty-five? Will you squash the whole place for a lack of five?”
God says, “Jeeze! No! Not if there’re forty-five. Okay?”
Abe says, “What if there’re forty?”
God says, “Okay. Not if there’re forty.”
Abe says, “Don't be angry, God. Just a thought – maybe there are thirty?”
God says, “Listen, if there’re thirty, I’ll leave it alone, okay?”
Abe says, "Okay, but since I’ve dared to speak, maybe there are twenty?”
God says, "Twenty? Fine. Not for twenty."
Abe says, “Don’t get angry; maybe there are just ten?”
God says, “If ten, I’ll leave it alone.”
God leaves and Abe goes to his tent.
You can negotiate with God, but remember, in the end the city was destroyed, because there were less than ten. Abe thought he was getting what he wanted.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we can’t always get what we want in prayer, but when we pray, we pray you’ll treat us justly. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: God is just, but it might not be our idea of justice.
1920–25, Americanism ; euphemistic shortening of Jesus]
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2012.