Are your surprised at the boldness of sinners? Where sin used to be shameful, it is now widely accepted. People used to be very private about their sins. Today it is flaunted through social networking sites. Some even have websites devoted to the practice and propagation of sinful behaviors. Sinners and their sins are out of the closet and in our faces. This is the world we live in and the world we are desperately trying to win with the Gospel!
David, the man after God’s own heart, wrote in Psalm 12:8,
The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
A Fulfilled Prophecy
Should it surprise us? Have you been caught off guard? The Bible predicted it. The prophets prophesied about it. First century Christians wrote about it. We are, no doubt, in the last days. Perilous times are here! Wicked men are walking on every side.
You can hardly watch TV, go to “family” parks, drive down the street without seeing sin in all its abundance. At times it feels overwhelming! But remember the words of the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans:
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Thank God for the matchless grace of Jesus! Someone put it this way, “the darker the night, the brighter the light.” Don’t let the boldness of sinners drive you to be silent about the Gospel.
A Froward People
The result of abounding sin is the boldness of sinners. Have you noticed that the minority of our country are getting the majority of our attention? They believe in their sin and they want to flaunt it. They want us to accept it.
There is no shame in sinning anymore. As a mater of fact, some consider their sinful lifestyle as a successful departure from traditional values. Sinners are lauded for going against the grain of Judeo-Christian ethics. Truly the “wicked walk on every side.”
A Faithless Pattern
I believe in free will. I believe that one must choose to sin. But I want you to consider again what the Psalmist said, “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.” The boldness of sinners is fueled by wicked leaders. The boldness of sinners are helped by the faithless pattern of those we choose to place in prominent positions. We saw a perfect example of that last week in the life of President Obama.
Don’t get me wrong. I pray daily for President Obama. I pray that he will realize God’s love, the price sin demands, and the Person Who is the real Saviour of the world but his words and actions have given boldness to a group of sinners.
But before I judge the president of the United States, I must ask myself this question, “Who is exalted in my life? Who am I placing in a prominent position before my family?” The Psalmist tells us that those that are exalted have a direct effect on who will walk on every side.
Parent, who do you talk about a lot to your children? Do you make a bigger deal of athletes than the men of God? How do you portray missionaries in your home? Do your children know more about celebrities than Bible characters? Do you allow anti-Christian influences to permeate the mind of your family? Sinners are bold because of wicked men in prominent places.
Check the pattern you allow in your life and in your home. Are they faithful or faithless? Then ask yourself this question, if I am the one being “exalted” would wickedness or righteousness abound?