RIGHTEOUSNESS VS. REPROACH

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MAY 11, 2022

            YESTERDAY’S ONE-YEAR BIBLE READING CONTAINED A FAMILIAR VERSE: “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION, BUT SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE.”  THAT’S PROVERBS 14:34.

            IS WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING WITH THE BATTLE OVER ABORTION AND THE SUPREME COURT, THE ATTEMPT TO NORMALIZE BEHAVIOR AND RELATIONSHIPS THAT SCRIPTURE CLEARLY CONDEMNS – ARE THESE AND MUCH MORE EXAMPLES OF AMERICA BEING REPROACHED?

            THOSE FAMILIAR WITH MY COLUMNS AND THESE COMMENTARIES KNOW HOW I LOVE DEFINITIONS, BECAUSE THEY HELP FOCUS THE MIND. ONE OF THE DEFINITIONS OF “RIGHTEOUS” IS THIS: “CHARACTERIZED BY UPRIGHTNESS OR MORALITY; VIRTUOUS.”

            IS AMERICA TODAY CHARACTERIZED BY SUCH QUALITIES? YOU WOULD BE HARD-PRESSED TO PROVE IT TO ME. IT SEEMS A DIFFERENT VERSE DEFINES WHO WE ARE: “WHEN PEOPLE DO NOT ACCEPT DIVINE GUIDANCE, THEY RUN WILD. BUT WHOEVER OBEYS THE LAW IS JOYFUL.” THAT’S PROVERBS 29:18.

CAN ANYONE MAKE THE CASE WE ARE OBEYING THE LAW – SECULAR OR GOD’S LAW? FROM THE BORDER, TO SHOOTINGS, TO RIOTS, TO ABORTION IT IS QUITE THE OPPOSITE. WE ARE BEING REPROACHED BY SIN. WILL WE REPENT, OR HAVE WE EXHAUSTED GOD’S PATIENCE? I’M CAL THOMAS.  

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