To say to the face of any decent and law abiding (but non-believing) citizen these days, that they aught to be described as wicked because they have no fear of God would be evangelical suicide. We can not talk to non believers of sin, because most of them literally don’t know what the word means. They quite genuinely wonder why they would ever need to be saved from their sins because sin, whatever it is, doesn’t apply to us anymore in this day and age. So because this concept of sin, and by extension their guilt, is alien to them, they can not possibly accept how wicked they really are. But the point is not how much the non-believers know or don’t know. The point is that God knows. And gloriously, whether non-believers know it or not, or whether they care or not, God has allowed all humanity to find shelter beneath his wings. Whether they acknowledge him or not, God has given us all everything we have. He is the source of life and the light of the world – whether or not you believe it.
Psalm 36:1-9 NLT
1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.
They have no fear of God at all.
2 In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
They refuse to act wisely or do good.
4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil.
5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like
the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see.
My goal today is to try harder to accept that many intelligent people with refuse to accept that Jesus is necessary for their salvation. It is not for me to persuade anyone that Jesus is Lord. I just pray that my passion would not actively deter non-believers. I still feel very new as a christian, and so I pray that in my excitement, I might not come on too strongly and that I might avoid causing offence wherever possible. O Lord, I pray with all my heart, and in the name of Jesus, that those who are searching for you but can not yet find you, might at least make some attempt to turn from evil, and in so doing you might see fit to meet them in the middle. Amen.
Esther 4:1-7:10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-26, Psalms 36:1-12, Proverbs 21:21-22