People these days don’t seem to like it very much if you describe them using words like wicked, arrogant or greedy. I don’t suppose there was ever a time when they did. Another word used in the passage below is evil. Most law-abiding, non christian citizens, don’t believe themselves to be wicked or evil. However, some may concede to being a little greedy at times and perhaps even accept that maybe they were a little too arrogant in their youth. But they don’t think that there is anything really wrong with that. Most people living comfortable lives today, even if they don’t feel poor, certainly don’t think of themselves as wealthy. Our society does seem to praise the greedy. Just look at prime time television shows such as “The Apprentice” and “Dragons Den” for example. Even the title “Dragon’s Den” seems to glory in the fearful power and influence that the wealthy investors —the dragons— wield over those who pitch to them in fear and trembling. All the while the dragons sit beside great piles of cash, like modern day Bond villains.
Psalms 10:1-6 NLT
1 O Lord, why do you stand so far away?
Why do you hide when I am in trouble?
2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.
Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.
3 For they brag about their evil desires;
they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.
4 The wicked are too proud to seek God.
They seem to think that God is dead.
5 Yet they succeed in everything they do.
They do not see your punishment awaiting them.
They sneer at all their enemies.
6 They think, “Nothing bad will ever happen to us!
We will be free of trouble forever!”
It seems to me that the biggest issue is that the general public seems not to be aware that is even a problem. The public as a whole seems to think that God is dead. When everyone seems to be alright and God seems to be nowhere to be found, then society as a whole begins to believe that nothing bad will ever happen to them. But just because everyone is thinking and acting as if God is dead, it doesn’t make it true! God is not dead, he is alive! Even in the face of disasters like the financial crisis of 2008 which is still affecting us today, or the school yard massacres that keep happening all around the world, society is blind to its own responsibility and culpability. My goal is simply to keep trying to help people open their eyes and see how much they need to acknowledge the Lord in their lives. Because as it says in Isaiah 57:21 “…there is no peace for the wicked, says my God”
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36, Romans 1:18-32, Psalms 10:1-15, Proverbs 19:6-7