23 These things also belong to the wise:
It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
There was a day when a person’s character, how he or she lived their lives, was more important than what they did or what their talents were. For example, when we look back at King David and look at all of his conquests, his might, his establishing of the throne in Jerusalem, his determination to build a Temple for God, and more, it is all overshadowed by his sin against Bathsheba, Uriah, and God. His unwillingness to correct his sons also comes up as a weakness of his life. Yet today, when someone has done something great, their sinful way of living does not seem to matter. So many “famous” people and even world leaders are or were sexually immoral, have crimes in their past, are habitual liars, are homosexuals, pray to another god, and/or have been habitual law-breakers but because they have done something “great” none of their wickedness is ever brought up.
Our society has become so immune to someone’s private sins that whenever someone brings up the private sins of another they are immediately rebuked and put into the category of a hater or of a judgmental person. The righteousness of God is not respected and when we call a public figure to a greater righteousness we are cursed and mocked. No surprise, this was predicted three thousand years ago.
As people of God’s wisdom, followers of His word, we answer to Him first and foremost. Someone needs to call out sin for what it is and to reserve the compliments of goodness to those who are truly righteous. According to this passage, when we rebuke the wicked we are doing the right thing and will know a good blessing. Let’s be true to God’s word and to His righteousness. We must not call evil people good but must humbly and boldly call people to a higher standard of life, the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
As I looked out over the city of Jakarta last night, a storm came by. The clouds and rain cast an eerie glow over the city. It was beautiful as the clouds came in and the lightning filled the sky. We serve an amazing God who created everything we see and put it on a planet that is designed to sustain all of the life that God created. We studied God’s creation yesterday morning in light of Psalm 136 which states over and over that “His mercy endures forever.” We, the constant recipients of that mercy, rejoice in our wonderful and omnipotent creating and redeeming God.
Have a great day in the Lord,