September 26, 2006

Discrimination a virtue?

In Psalm 15 King David listed the things that should characterize the people of God. Most of these things are quite obvious to us even in our post-modern, all-beliefs-are-equal day.

Things from Ps. 15 that even our culture sees as virtuous:

  • Walking blameless
  • doing what is right
  • speaking the truth in our hearts
  • not slandering others
  • doing no evil to our neighbors
  • not taking up a reproach against a friend
  • swearing to our own hurt and not changing
  • not taking bribes against the innocent

Things from Ps. 15 that our culture is not sure about:

  • not lending money at interest

Things our culture is strongly opposed to:

  • honoring those who fear the Lord

And the one that really caught my attention (that our culture is strongly opposed to):

  • despising vile people

Our culture in its commitment to multiculturalism drills into our young people that everyone is to be treated equally. All beliefs are equally valid. All faiths are equally to be respected. All lifestyles are equal and none of them should be placed under limitations.

God does not see things this way. But the one thing that really stood out for me in reading Psalm 15 this afternoon is bolded below. Read it for yourself, and realize that God calls us to desipise evil and the people who commit evil.

Psalm 15

1O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
3who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

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