For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;” -Psalm 5:4-5 (NIV)
In His perfect holiness God cannot tolerate sin. It breaks His heart when He sees man, created in His image, under the mercy of tyranny and injustice. Therefore, it is no wonder that in Isaiah 1:17, God calls His children to, “…learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” We can take assurance in the fact that God will always stand behind a just and righteous cause for it is in His nature to do so. He is the God of Truth, and though men may deceive and malign, He will expose their lies and will make sure that His Truth alone triumphs over all.
But how quick are we to overlook the wickedness that we allow to reside in our hearts? It is easy to condemn others for their failings and we may even take a twisted pleasure in declaring that the wicked will pay the penalty for their depravity. However, doing so elevates our pride in our own self-righteousness at the expense of ignoring our own glaring faults. Unless we come to the realization that all men, including ourselves, have fallen short of God’s holy standards and that man can only be made righteous through the indwelling of Christ, we are in no position to speak against the decadence of those around us. We must remember that God hated wickedness so much that He sought to redeem the world from its grasp. Through the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, all who come to Him are free from the oppression of their sinful nature. As children of Christ, wickedness will only persist if we have failed to allow Christ to carry out His restorative work in our lives. When we go astray, God will make it known to us through His Holy Spirit residing within us. Only if we listen to His voice and allow Him to purge us of all unrighteousness will we be able to stand up for His truth and righteousness in the world around us. Through Him we will come to the understanding that sin needs to be crushed not only outside ourselves but within as well through God’s redemptive power.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.