Entries for September 2015

Psalm 58: When government goes awry

In Romans 13:4, Paul says rulers are God's avengers carrying out His wrath on the wicked. What, then, if they instead applaud and abet evil, as our government does concerning Planned Parenthood and same-sex marriage?

It helps to look at people in authority as David did in Psalm 58 --

Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?

No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.

Those in power believe they're doing right, are in the right. David did not question their right to rule, but he did question their actions and enumerated their wrongs. He warned and confronted.

Unless their hearts are changed by a miracle of God, wicked rulers will continue down their wayward paths. They'll kill innocent people, pervert justice, and spread false ideas.

They will also turn a deaf ear to wise advice. But God can get through to them and thwart their efforts. And He will hear our prayers, even when they're bitter and angry like David's:

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions! 

Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

Have you ever prayed a prayer like that? Let's ask God to make the evil intentions and actions of our rulers ineffectual -- toothless, painless, soon forgotten. And then let's make David's affirmations our statement of faith:

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.

The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

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