Solomon Judges With Wisdom and Justice

September 6th, 2012

1 Kings 3:16–28; 2 Chronicles 9:8

A panel of experts earlier this summer released a 641-page report on findings regarding the nuclear accident that occurred in Fukushima, Japan, on March 11, 2011. An earthquake and tsunami also occurred that day. A summary states: “The ... Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco [Tokyo Electric Power Company], and the lack of governance by said parties.…Across the board, the Commission found ignorance and arrogance unforgivable for anyone or any organization that deals with nuclear power. We found a disregard for global trends and a disregard for public safety.”*

While the experts believe that the earthquake that day did contribute to the worst nuclear accident in 25 years, they assert that much more could have been done to prevent the disaster that followed. The investigation levied criticism against the Tokyo Electric Power Company, government regulators, and then Prime Minister Naoto Ka. In spite of knowing what needed to be done to keep people safe, officials were not ready or willing to implement corrections in the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Their failure to adopt global safety standards that could have helped prevent this disaster resulted in spewed radiation and forced approximately 150,000 people from their homes. Some of them will never be able to return.

King Solomon faced what many would consider a minor decision to make concerning the “ownership” of a child of a prostitute. Although these women were considered insignificant in their culture, their disagreement somehow reached the king. Approaching the decision with great care and wisdom, King Solomon saw the truth clearly and correctly identified the child’s mother. First Kings 3:28 tells us that “All Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered; and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him, to execute justice.”

As we read the Bible and pray, God gives us the wisdom and guidance we need to make decisions that bring joy, peace, and safety into our lives. Following the wise teachings of the Bible and seeking wisdom from God enable us to live lives that glorify God. Ignoring the Bible’s teachings and refusing to involve God in our choices and decisions results in disaster.

Questions for further brainstorming or group discussion on the topic of wisdom and justice:

1. Who do you think is responsible for what happened in Fukushima? What should be done now that the results of this investigation have been made public?

2. Can you think of another time that government or business put economics ahead of safety? What happened?

3. What specific verses or passages in the Bible have helped you make wise decisions? Have you ever ignored the Bible’s wisdom? What were the results of that decision?

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