“Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Psalm 1:5-6
Do you ever get tired of allowing culture to dictate the things that you talk about? Have you spent much time thinking about what would happen if ‘PC’ went out the window and people started talking more about the wicked and the righteous? It’s a pretty big deal… Maybe we should start talking more about it.
Wicked and Righteous….what’s the difference? Think, wrong and right. One is wrong, one is right. Can you guess which one? You got it! But it’s not enough to just say, wicked people are wrong and righteous people are right. It has everything to do with a person’s relationship to God. A person is either in a right relationship with God or their relationship to God is wrong.
Wicked people get their identity from their sin. And, since the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death”, therefore, “the wicked will not stand in the judgment” (Romans 6:23 & Psalm 1:5a). Meaning they don’t have a case because they have been judged already because they have not believed in Jesus (John 3:18). Therefore, the wicked have been judged already and the judgment will be the formal proceedings of their entrance into destruction, Hell.
Righteous people on the other hand get their identity from Jesus. Those that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in the work that He did on the cross are made righteous (Romans 519). Righteous people are those who have given their life over to Jesus. The righteous love Jesus, the wicked love themselves.
Why does it matter? Well,
Wicked people will live forever…
Righteous people will live forever…
The difference is… one will live with eternal suffering, one will live in eternal enjoyment.
Now, that’s not real ‘PC’… but it is something worth talking about because one day, people will not have a choice anymore…
My encouragement this week: Let’s start talking to people about the difference between the wicked and the righteous. Of course, this always needs to be done in a spirit of gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).