30 October 2012

Despisers of Good

The great problem with sin is what is does to the sinner. The deceiver becomes deceived, and the liar believes his own lies. This is what happened to the devil. He began as an archangel named “Lucifer” or The Morning Star, but he fell from his position to become the devil. He began well but ended badly.

The apostle Paul warns about the subtle nature of sin and gives us three distinct levels of sinning. First, we begin by “practicing” sin. (Romans 1:32) The Bible speaks about “the passing pleasures of sin.” (Hebrews 11:25) There is an enjoyment we derive from doing evil which entices us to sin. Sin begins as fun, but as we continue to practice sin, its true nature is revealed. Sin has a subtle nature of deception. “Sin… deceived me.” (Romans 7:11) What began as fun turns into misery. When sin ceases to be fun, we are faced with a choice; will we continue in our misery or repent of our wrong and change our ways?

There is a wise proverb which says, “Misery loves company,” and that is exactly what many sinners do; they seek out others to help them practice their sin. This is the second stage of practicing sin; they “not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32) The sinner is seeking approval of what inwardly he knows is wrong. By seeking out others who agree with his sin, he finds a validation that he is right to continue in his sin. By mutual consent, sinners encourage each other in doing wrong.

The third stage of sin shifts from those sinning and from looking for others to help them practice their sin and turns in vengeance against those who refuse to agree with them. They become “despisers of good.” (II Timothy 3:3) At this stage, the sinner is no longer content to practice his sin, and he no longer is satisfied with finding others to help him practice it. No, at this third level, he turns against anyone who disagrees with him and attacks them as though they were the real problem. Those who are practicing good deeds become the target for those practicing evil deeds.

This is the point we have reached as a nation. Righteous people are now being blamed for the problems of our country. To our accusers, we have become the problem. It is because of righteous people that they are not happy in their sinful life styles. They blame us for their guilt. What a terrible deception! The sinner has been caught in his own trap, but he justifies himself and blames others for his misery. “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15)

The major problems of our nation are spiritual. May God help America to wake up from the deception of sin and return to righteous life styles. As Christians who believe the Bible is the Word of God and try to govern their lives by it, we must be aware that there will be many today who will accuse us for creating the problems of our nation.