Psalm 10:1-2 – HUMAN HUNTING – Qualified to Live? – Part 1

Posted: January 7, 2020 in Psalm 10, Psalms
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Psalm 10:1-2 – HUMAN HUNTING – Qualified to Live? – Part 1

Human Hunting © 3D Image created by Ross Cochrane on Blender 2.81 and GetPaint.net

Psalm 10:1 (NLT) says, O Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?

David is a journalist, watching what is happening in the society in which he lives and writing a controversial column in the “The Spirit of the Age”. In effect, he is saying, “There is evil being done in our community and people are getting away with murder. Only God can help us now”.

2 The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.

How interesting and disturbing that King David should speak of Human hunting. Human hunting refers to people being hunted and killed by other people for revenge or even entertainment or sports, and it’s usually the helpless ones. 

In a 2016 report, Daniel Wright, senior lecturer in tourism at the University of Central Lancashire, predicts the hunting of the poor will become a hobby of the super-rich in a future plagued by economic and ecological disasters and overpopulation (Human hunting).

POPULATION REDUCTION

Recently 11,000 climate change scientists published a warning about the climate emergency (This got my attention, but apparently they are not all scientists but simply people from all walks of life interested in Climate Change who had signed a petition in agreement with a much smaller number of scientists. Such names as Professors Dumbledore and Mickey Mouse were included in the list. This did not help the credibility of the document). The document went viral anyway, picked up by media outlets everywhere. The public warning, although not a scientific paper but an opinion piece, argued that the global population  “must be stabilized—and, ideally, gradually reduced—within a framework that ensures social integrity”. How will this be done? With “bold and drastic . . . population policies,” including the use of “family-planning services”… “the world population must be stabilized” World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency | BioScience

Are they talking about abortion and euthenasia? Maybe a one baby policy like they had in China? Only keep those people who can contribute to society and not those who are a “drain” on society like the disabled or aged or the poor or the displaced? Are 11,000 people really seeking to save the world through more human hunting

Victor Frankl said, “But today’s society … blurs the decisive difference between being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness. If one is not cognizant of this difference and holds that an individual’s value stems only from his present usefulness, then, believe me, one owes it only to personal inconsistency not to plead for euthanasia along the lines of Hitler’s program, that is to say, ‘mercy’ killing of all those who have lost their social usefulness, be it because of old age, incurable illness, mental deterioration, or whatever handicap they may suffer. Confounding the dignity of man with mere usefulness arises from conceptual confusion that in turn may be traced back to the contemporary nihilism transmitted on many an academic campus and many an analytical couch.”

― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

What is disturbing about the first few verses in Psalm 10, where “the wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor”, is that it resonates with many of the social attitudes today in our world that regard certain people as less valuable than others. It is the wicked in Psalm 10, who with a smug sense of superiority, arrogantly choose who will live and who will be hunted down. 

ACTION MOVIES AND REALITY

Our society is fascinated by direct and blatant forms of Human Hunting given the number of movies and computer games that depict people hunting people. Do the wicked see the death of the poor as a form of entertainment? I find the focus towards human hunting of those who are devalued in our society disturbing.

I like action movies, too, I admit it.  But it is the real life scenarios enacted around our world that I don’t like. For example, according to Open Doors, a major advocate organisation for persecuted Christians (2019 World Watch List), between November 1, 2017-October 31, 2018, there were:

  • Over 245 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
  • 4,305 Christians killed for their faith
  • 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
  • 3,150 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned

Also, according to the United States Department of State, Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Jesus Christ. In Australia, we rarely see anything about these events on the news.

SOWING AND REAPING

The Bible speaks of reaping what you sow. David prays that the plans of the wicked will be thwarted by this principle of sowing and reaping …

Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others.

An evil person is someone who engages in deliberately wicked behaviors. The trouble is – today, wickedness is almost impossible to define because we have blurred and sometimes outwardly changed the distinctions of what is and is not evil. Our measure is more to do with social norms which change each decade.

CONFORM OR TRANSFORM?

For Christian Churches, you would think that the distinctions are less blurred as they supposedly have a standard of morality based on their relationship with Christ and the Bible, but this is no longer a given. As Biblical literacy diminishes and the Bible is regarded as a book we can update, are we saying we don’t need the perspectives God gives concerning the World we live in? Romans 12 still urges Christians not to conform to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. 

What gives me hope is when I hear about another person giving their life to Christ; living a life based on a relationship with Christ. It is only then, the Bible says, that we have any chance to live as God intends and only then do the principles taught in the Bible come alive for us, and that is life-transforming. 

To be continued…

Pastor Ross

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