To Strive Against the Wicked, Proverbs 28:4

Proverbs 28:4

"Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them." ESV


What an apt commentary on our society today. Our cultural conversation is dominated by "culture wars" and the atomic tension of a moral revolution. Whatever our level of dialogue is in this cultural moment, the Proverbs is telling us something about the inclination of a heart that loves God.

It is easy to see the wicked (people who reject God's authority and gladly violate his commands) praising each other, congratulating one another, even celebrating in the victories of evil. In our time, wickedness is often flaunted, as is the hearty affirmation of it. 

It is also easy to read your Facebook feed, read the vitriolic rants and pithy memes about your second amendment rights, or whatever the issue is tomorrow, and think these people are striving against the forces of wickedness.

This is not the place to offer a method for striving against the wicked, or a philosophy of the Christian's role in the culture wars, but I do suspect we should be much more concerned with our local, small circles of influence. This is, however, the place to hear the wisdom of the Proverb, and examine our lives. Am I engaging in wickedness, or praising those who do? Or am I striving against the wicked as I should be? What do I need to change?

These are messy, muddled times for our society, especially with the powerful communication tools we have. A little circumspection goes a long way.