Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?[1]

You would almost think these words are right out of newspaper headlines and television news, but they’re not. This question was penned by King David about three thousand years ago and then reiterated by Peter about one thousand years later. Yet, since then, things have not really changed. Nations still rage and people continue to plot and carry out vain things.

Case in point, the political lies coming out of the news media and specifically the three CNN employees who resigned on June 26, 2017, when an article they wrote had to be retracted. I’m sure this has always been the situation with the media, but no one, up until this point, has been brave enough to say it. Maybe others out there knew some in the media greatly embellish their stories with half-truths or fabrications, but what they had to hide, compelled them to stay silent.

Honestly, it’s hard to know what to believe anymore, because every word, written or spoken, good or bad, comes out with that person’s bias.  But, do we ever stop and question what type of person we are listening to? On screen, magazines, newspapers, or internet, media folks are very polished. They know how to talk and dress to elicit praise and respect. So, can we trust them to only report the truth and not slant it to fit their agenda?

I’m not sure.  But what I do know is scripture says humans speak from the heart and because of sin our heart is deceitful above all else and desperately wicked.[2]

So, this truth provokes other questions:  Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?[3]

Maybe it’s because they are blinded to the truth of Jesus and where they will spend eternity[4]. Maybe their consciences are seared as with a hot iron[5] or they are held captive by the enemy to do his will. Maybe it’s because at this time, Jesus isn’t ruling with an iron rod and sin’s wage or consequences aren’t always experienced immediately. Fortunately we are still in the age of grace; they yet have opportunity to repent and escape the snare of the devil.[6]

But maybe it’s so we, who know the Way, the Truth, and the Life[7], will humble ourselves, take pity on them and share the gospel. Isn’t that our job?

Yes, the wicked do prosper in our time and they are seemingly happy, but we are not to envy them. Unless they change, their way is sure. Eventually, they will stand before God at the great white throne judgment, the books will be opened, and anyone not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.[8]

I’m certain these three CNN ex-employees will continue to prosper. Someone out there will want to hear their side of the story, pay them lots of money, and so the deceit continues. But maybe, just maybe, this trial will cause them to stop, question their lives, cease plotting vain things, and seek Truth. Oh, let’s pray this is the case.

[1] Ps 2:1; Acts 4:25
[2] Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 12:34
[3] Jeremiah 12:1
[4] Acts 26:18
[5] I Timothy 4:1-2
[6] II Timothy 2:24-26
[7] John 14:6
[8] Revelation 20:11-15


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