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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Do not fret because of the wicked;
do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass,
and wither like the green herb.
As a child I had simplistic labels for people that boiled into two camps: The Good Guys vs The Bad Guys. The Houston Oilers vs the bad guys; Bobby Ewing vs JR Ewing; my mascot vs your mascot… I really think it was in high school before I was forced to see that some things were dualistic in nature. And then later I somehow noticed that sacred people in my life had “bad” amongst their “good.” Fast forward a few years and even as an adult, when I’m introduced to a new person, thought, or concept, my first inclination is to figure out what camp they/it fit into: good or bad.
Today’s Lenten scripture passages also label people into different camps, primarily the wicked and the righteous. The wicked will be destroyed, their children cut-off, they will perish…
I was struggling with the practicality of these texts today.
Without a current person/group of people that are outrageously evil I have a hard time with the practicality of outright labeling someone “wicked.”
Ninevites? Yes. Hitler? Yes.
But You and Me? – Not so much.
On a daily basis how many people do you meet who are wicked? I venture to say zero. Sure there are those that you may not like, but wicked? Zero. Webster’s defines Wickedness as “That which is evil and contrary to the will of God.”
Oh boy…suddenly because of my sin, my choice to turn away from the person God has made me to be, the body of people who are wicked grows to not only include those evil people in history, but it now includes me.
That’s a sobering reality.
All this time I’ve been making wickedness about good vs. bad, when it’s really just always been about us…. broken, frail, wicked us.
It’s dawning on me that we are each and every one of us united in our common brokenness and all of my tendencies to try to see the world in this dualistic way is just another example of how we each struggle to bear the weight of the “wickedness” we each have within.
Can you see yourself in these passages? Do you feel the pull to make it about good vs. evil?
Who/how God is calling you to be moment by moment?
I’d love to know your thoughts.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.
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