The First Psalm tells us that there is blessing in staying clear away from the influence of the ungodly, the sinners, the scornful.
I take particular notice of the last item, scornful. Listen to people talk these days. Teachers have no authority over students. Parents don’t know or trust their kids, and vice-versa. Politicians are a bunch of vote craving manipulators of public opinion. If the people even bother to consider issues any more. Diplomats talk out of both sides of their mouths. The world is on the brink. It is almost too painful for most to consider where we are headed.
This has become the age of the anti-hero. Tony Soprano is a cut-throat mobster living in the suburbs. The Breaking Bad high school chemistry teacher Walter White decides to take up lucrative drug manufacture, and comes to love the power and the violence more than the money. The Sons of Anarchy are a bunch of bikers living like alley-cats and completely taking over a town for purposes of their own trade. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a ninety-five pound bi-sexual package of hateful revenge. Many watch them, talk about them, become sympathetic toward them, and totally deadened to the outrage that should exist over their mis-deeds.
I can think of a comment by the Apostle Paul:
2 Timothy 3:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Are we not seeing all of this craziness? Our challenge is to demonstrate and to live in another mind-set:
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
There is a battle on every front of society that demonstrates how few continue to see the wisdom of Paul’s words. They are titillated by the high emotional impact of the outrage and they choose to live there.
And they wonder why contentment and peace steal away like the morning mist.