Saturday, July 14, 2012

To smote or not to smote

I took the little kayak my Dad bought me to my favorite peaceful tiny lake yesterday. I did twice as many laps in it as I am able to do in my inflatable kayak. And it is light enough for me to lift into the car myself, and carry to shore. Good thing I had all that peace and delight stored up, because I needed an extra dose of it to carry me through the day.

I had put my e-books on a "free publicity promotional" for one day at the end of last month. I can watch the sales and downloads as they occur. When the free promo ended, I noticed that each day, more of my books were being given away for free, although I had not authorized it. I wrote to Amazon KDP, who handles my ebook sales. Today, they finally wrote back to say it was a "system error" and according to the contract, I am due no compensation. They said they were working to resolve the issue but for a week, other countries around the world were getting my book for free.

I wrote back, "System error? That is not a system error. That is stealing."

Now I did get a glowing review from someone in Australia, which brought my blood pressure down to only dangerous level, rather than critical. Do I sue? This system error a few months ago ended up stealing 8,000 books. This month it was about a hundred. Anyone want to take the case? The system error folk are making more money than me, the author. Something just doesn't feel right about that.

I sign all my emails with the tag, "Nothing is impossible with God." I define myself as a believer, one who strives to emulate and glorify God. I try to be careful in what I do and say, as everything reflects upon my Lord. Would Jesus sue them?

I know that we, as God's people, are to live as peacefully with others as we are able. We are told peacemakers are blessed, and that vengeance belongs to the Lord. Thus, I am unsure of how to proceed in this matter, because quite frankly, I am ready to smote them.

I guess I better go on a LONG kayak trip today.

Jeremiah 11:20 (NIV)
But you, Lord Almighty, who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance on them, for to you I have committed my cause.

-save a dog-

1 comment:

  1. So sorry you've had a rough couple of days. I'm glad you had a good visit north and I hope you are able to resolve the book issue - I'd be plenty angry too. Praying for you. Remember no unjust deed goes unseen...

    Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19 - 21