God kicked the door in
October 31, 2006
General Sir Richard ‘We kicked the door in’ Dannatt has an interesting article in which he says God saved his life three times, prompting him to become a Christian. ‘He said that it was his belief that God first intervened to spare his life in 1973, amid rioting in Belfast, when he found himself stranded with two of his men in a Loyalist paramilitary area. A hail of gunfire cut down the other soldiers, fatally injuring one, while Sir Richard emerged unscathed.’ A similar thing happened two years later when the officer he had been walking alongside was killed by an explosion. Now why would God decide to spare Sir Richard and none of the other unfortunates? Was it rank? Were they incorrigible sinners? Or were they already Christians and so if fatally wounded would go straight to heaven? If we knew what saved the General it could save us taxpayers a few bob on protection equipment for the troops. Another strange statement from the General: “God had no choice but to take a stick and beat me over the head.” It does seem as if God really went out of His way to save Sir Richard but I’m not sure how theologically correct that business about God having no choice is. Better stick to kicking doors in, Sir.