As I begin to memorize Psalm 37, I’ve been thinking about the very first verse:
Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
I know what fretting means (because I do it!), but I looked it up to get clarity. Dictionary.com tells me that it means “to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like.”
But what really stands out to me in that verse in this age of non-judgmentalism is that the psalmist dares to label or categorize some people as “evildoers” and “wrongdoers”. How very un-postmodern of him! Do you remember how President George W. Bush was castigated for using one of those terms? And more and more, I hear Christians refuse to call evil evil or evildoers evildoers because they’re afraid of “judging”.
It’s worth some more thought.
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