Following Jesus and living according to his teachings requires going against the flow of the world's values and embracing a counter-cultural perspective. Are we brave enough to do this?
Psalm 052 - The Narrow Path - Aneel Aranha
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!
Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”
But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.
In this psalm, David contrasts the righteous and the wicked. He describes the wicked as people who "love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking truth" (verse 3), and who "practice deceit" with "tongues sharpened like razors (verse 2).
On the other hand, David describes the righteous as those who "trust in God's unfailing love" (verse 8) and who "will hope in his name" (verse 9). He also says they will "flourish like an olive tree in the house of God" (verse 8).
This contrast between the righteous and the wicked is a common theme in the Bible. It reminds us that there are two paths in life: one that leads to destruction and one that leads to eternal life. As Christians, we are called to follow the path of righteousness and to avoid the ways of the wicked.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). The path of righteousness is not always the easiest or most popular one, but it is the one that leads to eternal life.
The majority will often be on a path that leads away from God's purposes and principles, as we can see all around us. We can be tempted to join in so that we don't feel left out. However, we should avoid the temptation to do so because they are on a highway to eternal destruction. Better the narrow, tougher road that leads to life.
God bless you.