Proverbs 29:27

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by: FCC Staff

09/30/2021

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“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.” Proverbs 29:27

“Why can’t we all just get along?” This phrase summarizes the goal of individuals, groups, and organizations around the world which promote world peace. Last week (9/21/21) the world celebrated what has been named by the UN as the ‘International Day of Peace’. Peace and getting along are good things and are, in fact, God’s intent for His creation. So why is the world such a mess?   Why is it so ‘un-peaceful’?

The Proverb for today spells it out clearly for us. There are two ‘ways’ that confront all of us – there is the way of the unjust and wicked and there is the way of the straight. These two ‘ways’ are like water and oil, they don’t mix. In scripture, one of the most common analogies to communicate this is light and darkness. Jesus taught that “…everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (John 3:20) Water and oil, the wicked and the straight, the light and the darkness all have in common the tendency to repel each other.

So, what are we really talking about when we talk about the just vs. the unjust, the peaceful vs. the un-peaceful? The key word in the Proverb that helps explain this is the word ‘way’. It is not people who are the cause of problems in this world, it is the ‘ways’ that some people give their allegiance to that is to blame for the world’s messes we see all around us. 

The Apostle Paul hit the nail on the head: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) The opposing forces that battle each other in the spiritual realm manifest themselves down here on earth through people.   

This cosmic battle is talked about cover to cover in the Bible. It is first alluded to in Genesis 3:15 right after the fall of man that resulted in enmity between two offspring whereby one would bruise the head of the other. Paul refers to this battle in his letter to the Romans (6:20) by reminding believers that Satan, who battles against God, will be crushed underfoot. Then, in chapter 20 of Revelation there is graphic imagery explaining how the cosmic battle finally ends.  Just as predicted, God and His people win.

But until then, all the people of the earth move towards that end claiming our allegiances and living accordingly. In the word of the Proverb, these allegiances are an ‘abomination’ to each other. The ‘unjust and wicked’ people of the earth are doing the bidding of the evil cosmic powers and spiritual forces that have their allegiance.

What does all of this mean for those of us who have given our allegiance to Christ? Scripture indicates that we are to be on the offensive. Jesus, after his resurrection, made this clear. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) Earlier in that same Gospel, speaking about the Church and those who have aligned with Him, Jesus said “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (16:18).  

Wicked and unjust behavior truly is an abomination to God and disciples of Christ. We can retreat or become paralyzed by the wickedness we see around us, or we can go on the offensive. If we know it is true that light chases away darkness, then we also know that we need to do everything in our power and ability to point those without Jesus towards Him who is the only source of true peace for this world.  

Prayer for Today Lord, thank you for revealing your light to me.   Give me the wisdom and courage to shine that light into a dark world.  Make me an instrument of peace.  

“An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.” Proverbs 29:27

“Why can’t we all just get along?” This phrase summarizes the goal of individuals, groups, and organizations around the world which promote world peace. Last week (9/21/21) the world celebrated what has been named by the UN as the ‘International Day of Peace’. Peace and getting along are good things and are, in fact, God’s intent for His creation. So why is the world such a mess?   Why is it so ‘un-peaceful’?

The Proverb for today spells it out clearly for us. There are two ‘ways’ that confront all of us – there is the way of the unjust and wicked and there is the way of the straight. These two ‘ways’ are like water and oil, they don’t mix. In scripture, one of the most common analogies to communicate this is light and darkness. Jesus taught that “…everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (John 3:20) Water and oil, the wicked and the straight, the light and the darkness all have in common the tendency to repel each other.

So, what are we really talking about when we talk about the just vs. the unjust, the peaceful vs. the un-peaceful? The key word in the Proverb that helps explain this is the word ‘way’. It is not people who are the cause of problems in this world, it is the ‘ways’ that some people give their allegiance to that is to blame for the world’s messes we see all around us. 

The Apostle Paul hit the nail on the head: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) The opposing forces that battle each other in the spiritual realm manifest themselves down here on earth through people.   

This cosmic battle is talked about cover to cover in the Bible. It is first alluded to in Genesis 3:15 right after the fall of man that resulted in enmity between two offspring whereby one would bruise the head of the other. Paul refers to this battle in his letter to the Romans (6:20) by reminding believers that Satan, who battles against God, will be crushed underfoot. Then, in chapter 20 of Revelation there is graphic imagery explaining how the cosmic battle finally ends.  Just as predicted, God and His people win.

But until then, all the people of the earth move towards that end claiming our allegiances and living accordingly. In the word of the Proverb, these allegiances are an ‘abomination’ to each other. The ‘unjust and wicked’ people of the earth are doing the bidding of the evil cosmic powers and spiritual forces that have their allegiance.

What does all of this mean for those of us who have given our allegiance to Christ? Scripture indicates that we are to be on the offensive. Jesus, after his resurrection, made this clear. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) Earlier in that same Gospel, speaking about the Church and those who have aligned with Him, Jesus said “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (16:18).  

Wicked and unjust behavior truly is an abomination to God and disciples of Christ. We can retreat or become paralyzed by the wickedness we see around us, or we can go on the offensive. If we know it is true that light chases away darkness, then we also know that we need to do everything in our power and ability to point those without Jesus towards Him who is the only source of true peace for this world.  

Prayer for Today Lord, thank you for revealing your light to me.   Give me the wisdom and courage to shine that light into a dark world.  Make me an instrument of peace.  
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