Book: Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence chronicles his experience of living with the Arabs as he tried to lead them in an organized military effort against the Turks of the Ottoman Empire on behalf of the British Empire.

Lawrence was a Christian but, reading his own writing, it is obvious that Christianity is not what he was able to practice among the Arabs.

Should Lawrence have remained loyal to British politics? Or should he have forsaken them in favor of loyalty to Christian principles? It is not an issue that is at all indicated in any of his life’s writings. But looking back over his choices today, what can be seen?

For his successful efforts at manipulating the Arabs, the reward promised was not given. He felt a betrayer. But he, too, was betrayed. For all the British government’s failure to fulfill its promise, Lawrence could have gone on to lead the Arabs toward Christ instead of toward political goals and not felt any remorse.

Jesus promises life; politics, in Lawrence’s efforts, resulted in much death.

All this is talk, cannot influence the past. Maybe it is an example of the lesson from Jesus, give to Caesar what is his and to God what belongs to God?

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