Zechariah 8:16-17 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.
Human beings can be incredibly dense at times. From a Christian perspective these things seem like they shouldn’t even need to be said, but society was so perverted that God had to spell it out for them. The thing is, similar things are coming out in the current investigations into the activities of the US government. Courts have been perverted and falsehood has been sworn to, precisely because people were plotting evil against the president. This passage could hardly be more current! When the Creator of the universe says that He hates all of this sort of thing, we had better pay attention! We ignore God and presume on blessings to our peril. The world as a whole doesn’t like to think of accountability and eternal judgment, and the devil is more than happy to encourage that attitude, doing all he can to blind people to spiritual reality. (2 Corinthians 4:4) We need to do more than just accuse other people, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to shine His light into our hearts as well, so that we may see where we too are doing things that God hates, and repent.
I too am adept at spotting sin in others and ignoring it in myself. I get a thrill of righteous indignation at reading the reports of what is being uncovered by the current investigations, but I blithely ignore the little details of my own life that aren’t in line with God. By His grace I have dealt with a lot of that, but I remain fully human and susceptible to deception. To use Paul’s expression, I don’t want to live like a “mere human.” (1 Corinthians 3:3-4) I want to keep growing in my faithfulness and obedience, becoming more and more like my Lord as I follow Him, and drawing others to follow Him as well.
Father, thank You for this reminder. In a way it seems like a simple thing, but if applied it would transform society. Help me be an instrument of that transformation, one step, one interaction at a time, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!