7/9 Psalm 10:13

13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, "You will not call to account"?

This was written thousands of years ago, but you could hear it from some pulpits today. If Satan has an effective ploy, it is to get people to think that God is a god of love but not a god of judgment. There is no fear of God in the postmodern culture's mindset. Those who have renounced God have convinced themselves that they can set their own rules. Right and wrong is what is convenient for their lusts at any given moment. "So if it was right for me, even if there is a God," they say, "He can't judge me for doing it."

The fear of the Lord is to depart from evil. Without any fear of judgment, the wicked heart of man will slip further and further into depravity. Every sin and even the crimes of others will be justified in the eyes of the wicked. They will claim it is never anyone's fault, but always the fault of some nebulous thing such as society or circumstance. Finally, like Adam in the Garden, they will point their finger at God. When their conscience convicts them or they are full of guilt, they will blame "those evil Bible thumpers" for pushing morality on them.

There is a God. He has given us His Word. He will call us all to give an account of the deeds done in our body. He will repay us all according to what we have done. The only way to escape His wrath upon evil is to accept the One that took the wrath you and I deserve in our place, Jesus. Out of that relationship will flow good deeds.

Consider: As the fear of God is abandoned, society will grow increasingly evil. You will see every excuse man can imagine to call evil good and to call good evil. Be a light in the darkness that testifies of the value of the fear of God.