3. The wicked in power
When the wicked are in power, people in general suffer. Corruption, social injustice, deceptive scams, and organized crime run rampant. Identity theft and telephone scams are some of the newest evil tactics. Everyone is susceptible to fall victim if not careful. Christians in general are particularly more vulnerable because of their credulous nature.
What do you do when you are victimized? First, beware you do not fall victim a second time, because of self-righteousness. You may direct your frustration toward God, because He did not stop, nor punish, the wicked. By this logic, you think you could rule the world better than God himself. Second, in anger, you may resort to repay evil with evil, or shutdown compassion altogether in future dealings with people. “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” (Matt 24:12) The anger of victims is a powerful force. It has been proven manipulative by wicked people to do more damage. Somehow, victims seem to think that they have the right to retribution, and should be treated more leniently.
An example of this is recorded in Genesis 34. Dinah, Jacob's daughter, was defiled by Shechem. In retaliation, her brothers killed every male in the city where Shechem lived, and “they seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.” When Jacob pursued this matter with his sons, they callously answered “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”
For this reason, the Bible teaches us to endure, be patient, and not resort to anger. Victims should rightly be vindicated, but are not justified to take the law into their own hands. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9
Being angry with injustice does not necessarily mean one is "just". The anger may be a surging emotion that demands retaliation towards the wicked. All one cares about is retribution, or revenge. Behaviors from such anger are usually blinded of justice. On the other hand, one that has justice in mind will insist on fairness, integrity, and goodness - a position that is to be respected and not to be trampled on. We should leave retribution to God who is holy, righteous, and does not show favoritism. We must be patient and wait on Him to destroy evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37:9 (more next week)
( 續上週） 忍耐
9 因為作惡的必被剪除；惟有等候耶和華的必承受地土。 （下週續……）