Monday, April 18, 2011

Bragging about Evil

Proud and wicked people viciously oppress the poor. Let them be caught in the evil they plan for others. For they brag about their evil desires; they praise the greedy and curse the Lord. Psalm 10: 2-3 NLT

What does a proud and wicked person look like? I imagine some self-absorbed and greedy wall street financier with a three piece designer suit.

How does one viciously oppress the poor? Run over a homeless person in your Lamborghini? Break into a food pantry and steel everything, taking all the food to the dump?

And who brags about the evil things they want to do? Someone in the mob? A playground bully?

I believe that many wealthy and famous people can be greedy. They are often praised because others admire or envy their status. Sometimes I also think that accumulating wealth can make a person greedy.  Do evil people praise others who are like them?

It is tempting to see atheists as cursing the Lord. However, since atheists don't believe in God, I don't think a true atheist would be cursing something they don't believe exists. Someone who believed yet was deeply hurt by life circumstance or loss and blames God would be one who curses the Lord. Or, that person simply relies on themselves rather than God and sees only their own efforts as the catalyst for getting what they want out of life. "Forget God, I'll do it myself!" they say.

Do you know any proud and wicked people? What is your own response in light of their actions and misdeeds? Do you think anyone considers you to be proud or wicked?

God, we are often surrounded by the wicked, the greedy and the oppressor. May we not be among those proud and evil people! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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