Reading: Psalm 14
The psalmist paints a grim image of society. It speaks of fools who say there is no God and of people who are corrupt. The writer says all have turned away from God. We hear of evildoers frustrating the poor and of the masses being overwhelmed with dread. It is bleak indeed.
As I read this Psalm, I was reminded of the doom and gloom prophets of our day. One does not have to wait too long into a conversation about politics or the economy to hear something along the lines of: “our country is going to heck in a hand basket”. If the conversation turns to young adults or teenagers, there is similar doom and gloom spoken. In both cases, it makes me pause. I think one of two things: “Do you live in the same place I live?” or, “Boy do you need to spend some time at Youth group” in response to the bleak thoughts.
Yes indeed, it can be all too easy to become self-focused and to lose site of God. Yes indeed, it can be easy to fall into temptation and sin. Yes indeed, it can be easy to allow busyness to steal our attention and to then ignore the marginalized of our society. But our God is greater than all of this and will overcome any sin, apathy, or misstep on our part.
For most of us, life us truly blessed. We live a life of comfort, of peace, of belonging, of freedom. Our faith calls us to help all people live this life. It is a life founded and centered in a relationship with God. As we live in this place, connected to God, we are led to be other-centered, righteous, and compassionate. There is much good in the world. May we bring a little more of it with us today.