The Cultural Spiral–Proverbs 29 Part 1

While there are many aspects of wisdom, one of the most curious aspects is the envy and violence that those who fail to seek it possess.  There has been the misconception that an absence of reverence has no effect on order. In fact, as respect for God wanes, so does respect for authority and respect for life. From the time of Noah, societies that alienate themselves from God—become lawless, chaotic, self-destructive messes.

Solomon contrasts the lives of the people affected by the wise and the foolish. That societal dysfunction is visited down to the individual. In current culture, removal of all vestiges of God from Government and education started a downward spiral that eliminated respect for authority—military, law enforcement, educators and parents. Additionally, we eliminated respect for life—abortion, euthanasia, genocide and violent crime. Finally, we eliminated respect for institution—marriage, family, and even gender roles.  The result is a society like Noah’s wrought with lawlessness, chaos and self-destruction.

Sadly, history does not reflect a society’s restoration once it has reached the level of chaos described. Time and again, the Sodomites, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans saw their cultures destroyed as chaos overtook them. Even in current culture, one need only look across the globe to Europe to see the crumbling of civilization occurring before our very eyes. As Christians, we need to pray for restoration and revival. Passionately, we need to call on God for mercy and for direction to regain a semblance of order and polite society in our nation—otherwise, we will fade into obscurity as great cultures have done before us. Have mercy Mighty Lord!!!

God Bless You

1Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes     will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;     when the wicked rule, the people groan.

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,     but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

By justice a king gives a country stability,     but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Those who flatter their neighbors     are spreading nets for their feet.

Evildoers are snared by their own sin,     but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.

The righteous care about justice for the poor,     but the wicked have no such concern.

Mockers stir up a city,     but the wise turn away anger.

If a wise person goes to court with a fool,     the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.

10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity     and seek to kill the upright

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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