Psalm 10:3-4 – HUMAN HUNTING – Control Issues – Part 2

Posted: January 8, 2020 in Psalm 10, Psalms
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Psalm 10:3-4 – HUMAN HUNTING – Control Issues – Part 2

David has no trouble identifying evil people in Psalm 10. They seem to enjoy terrorising those who are deemed as devalued. There is an arrogant power game enacted. They are an authority unto themselves and anyone challenging that kind of authority are seen as threats, including God. Evil people have control issues. It’s about who’s steering the ship.

For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord.

Evil people brag about their evil desires, and in doing so, ridicule anyone who disagrees. David says in effect that we can’t expect an evil person to have a conscience or to apologise for their actions. They feel no remorse and admit no wrong. They brag about their evil. They do not take responsibility for their cruelty. They have no moral standards by which to live but their own, and even those change as is deemed necessary.

HATE SPEECH OR GOOD NEWS?

I notice those who seek to live in relationship with Christ and uphold what the Bible teaches are increasingly silenced, ridiculed and excluded. Recently, one prominent community leader defined the Bible as “hate speech”. (Rugby chief suggests quoting Bible is hate speech.) 

Is the trend now that Christians have once again become the hunted, the bigots, bearers of hate. Are they the ones deemed as cruel and wicked? How did the gospel; the good news about God’s love, justice, peace with God, love for your neighbour and salvation from spiritual death, become bad news? 

At one point, Jesus called out people who sought to ridicule and malign His name. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus addressed the Pharisees. He said, You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say”. Is this hate speech or has He got a point?

One popular columnist and self-professed atheist in Australia uses language to describe Christianity as “absurd,” “brainless,” “infantile,” “embarrassing,” “transparent nonsense,” “deserving of simple mockery.” 

This atheist and others like to use the ridicule tactic. He uses a common atheist quote about Christ being “… a cosmic Jewish zombie…” which ends with “… eating fruit from a magical tree by a talking snake.” On first reading it seemed obvious to me who is the talking snake. Apparently, we are meant to immediately believe what he pontificates about Jesus, while accepting him as our guru on everything spiritual, so that he can remove the evil of believing in Christ from our souls. In Matthew 12:34 (NLT) Peter FitzSimons ridicules Christians in the name of inclusiveness and tolerance

I admit, the Atheist’s ridiculous article annoyed me. I acknowledge the creative cynicism and invective. Very clever. He has gone out of his way to deliberately misrepresent the Biblical narrative of Christ. It is such a sad commentary on the delusion and arrogance of this Atheist and others who use their obvious talents to try to discredit Jesus. Yet Jesus changed the world and continues to do so. 

With the devout fervour of their diatribe, many people today seek to denounce and silence those who believe in Christ, but Christ and His followers will not go away. 

David, in Psalm 10 says in effect that evil people are a law unto themselves, accept no boundaries, especially anything that speaks of coming under the authority of God or the principles of the Bible. He says,…

4 The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead.

The Atheist celebrity in the article mentioned above, believes anyone, especially Christians it seems, have a right to hold religious views, but they must not express them in public. Why? Because it “hurts” the current views of our society. 

Of course, in his mind, all those Australians who disagree with his illogical point of view must not challenge him. He is saying, “Stop sharing your message of faith but don’t stop listening to my message of “unbiased” reason.” ??? Is this arrogance at its ugliest? Is he the norm or the exception? Unfortunately, there are all too many who agree with his approach. 

At its worst, this kind of social engineering was Hitler’s approach – to dictate what was good for society? Silence the dissenting voices? In contrast, Jesus certainly gave people a choice to believe or not. Thousands responded positively and millions still do.

David has his gripe to God about those who seemingly get away with evil. I guess I have done this also in this article in seeking to relate this scripture to our times and to my life personally. But David’s Psalm goes well beyond griping about the world He lives in. 

I love the quote by Jack Kerouac. He’s not specifically speaking of Christians in our era, but they too are now labelled as crazy, misfits, rebels, troublemakers, not fond of the new rules of society. He says, 

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The rounds pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do, is ignore them, because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” 

Jesus fits this quote well. He was and is a misfit, a rebel and troubled a lot of people. Still does. He didn’t automatically go along with the social engineers and leaders of his day. He was disbelieved and vilified, and eventually crucified, but He is still changing the world, still transforming lives, still making a difference, still bringing spiritual healing to a wounded world. 

How should I respond? For me, my choice is a relationship with Christ every-time, letting Him steer the course, and I have much to learn about discerning and responding to the spirit of this age. I do note however that Romans 12:2 (NLT) in the Bible, encourages me. It says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

To be continued…

Pastor Ross

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