Original Posting At http://thenakedalien.blogspot.com/2018/07/abuse-of-power.html
It was spring – the time of year when the Kings went to war; but King David did not go this year to battle the enemies of his land. He neglected the safety and security of his people, refusing to serve them, in favor of his own comfort.
Atop his shiny tower, he could look down upon the rooftops, surveil the private courtyards, and peep into the windows of his city – a royal voyeur, a sexual predator. He betrayed the sanctity of his citizen’s homes and trespassed upon their privacy in favor of his own selfish pleasure.
He saw a woman bathing. (It does not matter if she was attractive or not; if she were naked or not.) He saw a woman and he wanted to take her. It did not matter to him that he was married, just as it did not matter to him that she was married to one of the heroes who fought David’s war in his King’s stead. He ignored the laws he was sworn to defend, the social mores of his people, the commandments of his Lord God, all in favor of his own immediate gratification.
He sent strong men, and brought her to himself, to the seat of his power. There, among the national symbols and the religious imagery, he raped her. (It does not matter if he physically forced her or not; where there is such imbalance in power and position there can be no true consent!) He violated the woman in mind, flesh, and spirit by taking her and treating her as his disposable property, in favor of his own lust.
After a time, she sent him a note: she was pregnant with his child. So the King tried to manipulate his army so that the bastard child of his violent greed would appear to be that of Bathsheba’s husband. But Uriah was an honorable man, and would not betray his comrades-in-arm, his King, and his nation at war; he remained in a state of battle-readiness and did not have sex with his wife. So the King arranged for this brave soldier to die, abandoned and alone, in battle. He betrayed everything: a woman; a man; an army; a nation; his God. He betrayed all that a King was meant to be, just to cover-up his evil act, to avoid a public scandal, to stay in power.
(From 2 Samuel 11:1-15)