They Revel In Their Contempt For The Just
"When the wicked comes, contempt comes also;" Proverbs 18:3 Contempt... There was a time when all was right in America, and I'm old enough to remember it. But today, the wicked have taken control. They have turned America upside down. What always was good is now deemed evil, and what was soundly rejected as evil is now what they call good. America has become the land of lawlessness and when the wicked oppose righteousness, then comes contempt, contempt for those who refuse their ways and out-and-out contempt for the Word of God. Why do the wicked hurl contempt toward those who are believers in the Word of God? Why not just leave them alone? And the answer is that it is not the believers who are hated, but it is their God who is hated. And why do they hate God? It is because the Creator has legislated righteousness, and the wicked are hell-bent on refusing to submit to anyone, especially to God. They raise their fists in prideful defiance of God and they make it known - loudly and everywhere - that they absolutely refuse righteousness. How the wicked are fearless! What pride they revel in! And how the wicked are DECEIVED. They rise up in their debauchery and utter their contempt with words of fearless hatred. They have no idea what is coming. They will perish in their sin because they have suppressed all truth in unrighteousness. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, WHO SUPPRESS THE TRUTH IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS..." Romans 1:18 And HOW they suppress the truth! They don't want to hear it. They've made up their minds, and they insist on living in their pride, and in stark defiance they declare their "rights" in their all-encompassing foolishness. vs 22: "Professing to be wise, they became fools..." And that is obvious to all but the fools. They gather together to parade and revel, totally unaware that they are marching right into hell. And finally, God gives them up to their own way. vs 24-25: "Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, WHO EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR THE LIE..." Satan is delighted. He has managed to take over their soul. He has become their god, and all the evil he suggests to their evil hearts, that they will do - and delight in it. vs 27: "Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful..." It is clearly written in the Word of God that all that they are doing is pure evil, but they despise the Word of God. They defile his Word, twisting Scriptures to suggest that what they are doing is good. But to accept the truth - they absolutely refuse, to repent would be anathema to them. They have made up their minds, and no one, not even God, will change them. vs 28: "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God GAVE THEM OVER TO A DEBASED MIND, to do those things which are not fitting;" When a person has been given over to a debased mind, there is no longer any hope of repentance. They have become their own gods. They not only have chosen this way for themselves, but they force their evil onto others, never satisfied until they have silenced every voice that rises up against them. They set traps to catch the righteous and punish them. They have managed to infect the lawmakers of the land with their debased lifestyles, and have turned the hearts of the people to have sympathy for their outlandish behavior. There will be no mercy for them, and for those who approve them. vs 32: "...who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same BUT ALSO APPROVE OF THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM." America will go down. He who shakes his fist in God's face will reap what he has sown. The country is headed for great judgment, and it surely will come. They won't know what hit them. The faithful, on the other hand, have an eternity ahead of them, a life of joy and happiness in the heaven God has prepared for them. God rejoices in them, who remain faithful regardless of the pressures put upon them in the fallen world. There they received the wrath of Satan, there they were rejected, hated, mocked, laughed at, and in many cases they forfeited their lives. But that's not the end of the story. They will be crowned with crowns of righteousness, and they will enjoy the delights of heaven for all eternity. For all eternity!