Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
In his book, People of the Lie, psychiatrist M. Scott Peck argued that evil people practice "militant ignorance" with regards to their consciousness. Most, he stated, realize this evil lurks deep within them, but are unable to admit it to themselves. Instead, they continually flee their sinful nature by placing themselves in a position of moral superiority and putting the focus of evil on other people. Sin, indeed, rules over them.
Have you ever known anyone like this? Unfortunately, I have, and the experience was truly regrettable. This person was manipulative, prideful, smug, and never missed an opportunity to blame others for his misfortunes. He never apologized because he never said or did anything wrong. In his narcissistic world, others existed only to serve him and his needs. And, there was definitely no room for God. How could there be? That emptiness in all of us that craves to be filled with God's love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness had been filled with a layer of evil so thick, if it were pavement, not even the most persistent blade of grass could peep through the cracks.
Can you help someone like this see the error of his or her ways? Truthfully, no, but you can pray mightily that God will somehow reach out and snare them with His truth and convict them to turn from evil and become a person who loves His name. Even though they have shut and sealed the door to their hearts, pray they forget to lock it just once, just long enough for the Lord to enter in.
Psalm 101, 109:1-4, (5-19), 20-30 or 119:121-144
1 Samuel 7:2-17