Talking the Talk

But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes,
or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
You make friends with a thief when you see one,
and you keep company with adulterers.
“You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
You sit and speak against your kin;
you slander your own mother’s child.
These things you have done and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.
“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
to those who go the right way
I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:16-23)

So you thought God was just one of the guys, just like you? He hadn’t commented for a long time, and so you thought he must agree with you? He already told you “do not murder.” Does he have to say it again when you kill your neighbor? Don’t you already know what he thinks? Or did you expect God to be a nag?

God’s silence should never be taken as agreement. Quoting God’s commandments is all well and good. But God doesn’t much like being quoted by those who disagree with everything he stands for. What does he have in common with gossips, adulterers and thieves? God doesn’t want to be seen in that company. It bugs him when the wicked quote him, as if his words upon their lips somehow grants them his endorsement. Those caught in a crime who talk about how much they love God are doing nothing but piling up reasons for God’s judgment.

Not only have they been guilty of wickedness, they insult God and bringing his name into disrepute, giving ammunition to the scoffers who delight in pointing out the vile deeds of the self-righteous. When Satan stands before God and accuses the saints, he doesn’t have to make stuff up.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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