Monday, February 18, 2013

Death to the Wicked?

 19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
 20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
 21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
 22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. 
(Psalm 139:19-22, King James Version)

Death to the Wicked?

In our 21st century culture, we often struggle with the sentiments expressed by the Psalmist in these verses from Psalm 139. "Death to the wicked," seems to the Psalmist's cry. However, when one thinks about the life in which we live, we must admit that sometimes we get really tired of everything seeming to go the way of the wicked.

As a matter of fact, the culture in which we live, even in America, seems to be almost as far removed from a Christian culture as one can imagine. God, prayer, and the ten commandments have almost been totally expunged from our modern day, "advanced" society. Left in its place seems to be a free hand for the wicked to participate in any number of legal activities.

Gay marriage is fast approaching the norm and babies in the womb continue to be murdered in untold numbers. Will it stop there? No! The wicked will not be content until there is no remaining evidence of God and His rules for living. It appears that it is only a matter of time until we will see our pastors and ministers of the Gospel jailed for preaching the Bible. Does that seem too extreme? Just a quick look at history will show that to be the case.

No wonder, then, the Psalmist, grew so tired of the reign of terror imposed by the wicked that he said, Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men. . . . and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

What happened to, the verse from Matthew 5?  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, (Matthew 5:44, New King James Version)

There certainly must be a balance. As Christians, we do not know who the Lord's elect are. We do not know who will come to Christ before they leave this earth. Therefore, it is our duty to pray for the wicked, testify to them of Christ's great love, and love them as people created in the image of God. Yet, even in doing so, it is not wrong to desire that God would put an end to wickedness on this earth.

As a matter of fact, that is exactly what God will do. So, in the proper context, even while loving and praying for the wicked, it is not wrong for us to desire death to the wicked at the hand of God. For God knows His children; He knows who will come to Him and who will not. As we are burdened by the oppression of the wicked it is right that we should cry out to God for relief!

Go then this day, love and pray for your enemies, but also pray that God will bring an end to all wickedness on this earth--soon!

God Bless You,
Linda

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