11I will punish the world for its evil,
the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty
and will humble the pride of the ruthless. (Isaiah 13:11)
Happy Monday Friends! Do you ever read verses like the one above and find yourself checking your calendar, or looking at your watch and thinking, “Anytime Lord…” No? Is that just me? These words written by the Prophet Isaiah fit a common theme in the Old Testament: that man is inherently evil and eventually God gets annoyed enough with them He steps in, rolls up the sleeves of His white rob, and starts lobing meteors on cities like Sodom and Gomorrah. Or God turns on the faucet and goes for a nice stroll as the world floods to drown out the wicked. The problem with this theology is we put all the responsibility of fixing this broken world on God’s shoulders, when it really is OUR responsibility. Man is the problem, not God. God is perfect. His creations are perfect. Even the imperfections of mankind are created in perfect purpose. But again, us people, we are the ones that screw everything up.
So I hope that you never pray for God to be the one to fix the evil in this world. That is our job, and if we all unite our energies to fight sin, together we can make this world a better place. Support law enforcement, who hunt the wicked day in and day out. Support teachers; education and inspiration is sometimes the only thing that might keep a kid from walking down the wrong path. Support community programs that offer kids the only escape from cycles of poverty and crime. Just do something! If we all did a little to make America better, we could easily change this country. Or even better, than just supporting these, become one of them. Put in the work.
Reading plan: Ephesians 4:1-16
Deeper reading plan: Isaiah 13, 14, 15