The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Any good people left?

Are there any good people left? Some days we wonder as the news of violence fills our newscasts. The Psalmist wondered as well three thousand years ago:

“The Lord looks down from heaven
 on all mankind

to see if there are any who understand,

any who seek God.
All have turned away,
all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
 not even one.” Psalm 14:2 – 3

Many Christians use these words to prove the universal evil character of the human species; I am not sure that this is meaning of this psalm. The Psalmist looks around at the people in his community and notices:

“But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous.” Psalm 14:5

There are many who plot evil, however, there is a remnant, a small group of people, who have a holy fear of rightness. Some days they may think they are all alone against the tsunami of evil barreling down on them, yet they know they are not alone because God is very much alive and active among them. Do you feel alone today in the evil around you? God is present with you today. – Ron Friesen

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