Monday, October 17, 2011

Judge Rightly

 1Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
 2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
 3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
 4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
 5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. 

 Judge Rightly

Sadly, in our day, a person who is accused of wrong-doing, though innocent, may not necessarily receive a fair trial. Equally disturbing, it is not enough to prove that a person is guilty; those who are truly guilty are often released on mere technicalities. Should we, then, be too surprised at the words of David in Psalm 58?
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the dear adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmer, charming never so wisely.
Surely, the psalmist is exaggerating? At least it would seem so to us. However, the psalmist is not exaggerating; we need to remember that it is true that the wicked are estranged from the womb. 

That seems like such a harsh judgment upon mankind, especially at a time when sin is not taken all that seriously. Indeed, a person who seems too perfect does not make a good hero or heroine for a story. We seem to prefer the one who has a little spice or "naughtiness" to their personality.

As Christians, we should be careful that we do not, unobtrusively adopt the attitude of the world regarding sin. Sin--all sin--is abhorrent to God! It is poison like the poison of a serpent, and its end is death! Christians, just like the wicked, can be easily charmed by the devices of Satan, and led into sin.

Satan seems to take great delight in bringing down the righteous. Indeed, the bigger the "splash" the better. In our city, we have had a situation where a pastor, unknown to his congregation, was living a double life. For all appearances he was a model pastor, but in secret he was an adulterer. When his sins were made public, the entire community was rocked to the core.

However, even in times such as this, God is not mocked. Sin may continue for a season, but God will not allow sin to go on unchecked. It is an extremely difficult situation for the church of this pastor, but God will be glorified in it, and the congregation will come through much stronger for it. What a good reminder that our pastors are but men; our faith and trust must always be in God, and not rest in the "perfection" of our spiritual leaders.

By God's grace, may we learn to judge rightly, by keeping our heart and soul nourished by the Word of God, that we may not be guilty of giving in to the voice of charmers!

God Bless You,
Linda



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