When the Wicked Prosper

“Don’t drive angry. Don’t drive angry!” – Phil, Groundhog Day

I keep telling myself, “don’t post angry, don’t post angry” … we’ll see how that goes. The election came and went last night, and the nation chose Barack Obama, I kid you not, to return to the presidency. Unprecedented (in this country anyway) removal of freedoms, the poor are sacrificed on the altar of the rich, the unborn are slaughtered, those who work are punished and those who do not are rewarded …

13 “You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ 14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. 17 “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. -Malachi 3:13-18

Boy, do I know that feeling. But now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers prosper. They challenge God and escape. But what comes next is beautiful. “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard.” The next conversation doesn’t need to be a debate over policy and politics, but an internal discussion amongst those who fear the Lord.

Before the children of Israel crossed into the promised land, a number of them (namely the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh) declared their intent not to cross over (see Numbers 32). They liked where they were, it seemed good for shepherding the flocks, and so they wanted to stay. God became angry with them and handed down a punishment … He gave them exactly what they asked for.

Here we go …

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2 Responses to When the Wicked Prosper

  1. Allen says:

    Brad,

    I always appreciate reading your blogs -and I feel that you and I share the same views alsmot entirely. When I voted this year, I could bring myself to vote for Mitt or Obama on principle (certainly not Obama). The GOP has been hijacked by compromising conservatives, and the alienation of true conservatism being written off as insanity and extremism. What’s more, there are many people who support the GOP claiming to be Christians, but have written off true conservatism because they can’t get past this imperialist mindset that the GOP has fabricated through Christian theology to protect -not to mention the fact that they are actually ok with preemptively killing people upon suspicion, guilty or not.

    What else is amazing to me is that there has been a huge divide between those who support the GOP and those who support conservatism, with the fighting that has ensued between the two as a result. Bottom line-Conservatism doesn’t exist in the GOP anymore. Instead, they are liberal candidates with conservative tendencies. But God forbid you try to explain that to people who only accept what they see on Fox News.

    • nomasir says:

      Allen, thanks for the comment. Agree whole-heartedly. Still holding out hope that the conservative, freedom-minded folks band together and right the ship. Time will tell.

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