Psa 2:2-4 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, (3) “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” (4) He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Those of you who have been targets of evil know that most people ultimately choose to ally themselves with the oppressor rather than stand with the oppressed. Part of the reason for this of course is that many of them are evil themselves and, well, birds of a feather, you know.
But there is another reason that is very, very common. Let me explain.
Have you ever been in the middle of a conflict between two people who were both your friends? One of them confides to you that they have been seriously wronged by the other. Let’s say that the two parties in the conflict are family members – husband and wife perhaps. And you are close friends with both.
Well, the one confides in you about what has been happening and it is quite plain to you that they are indeed telling the truth. And you tell them so. You tell them that they are right and that they have been wronged. You validate their story based on sound testimony and evidence. No doubt about it. They have been wronged – perhaps even abused for a long time – and now you know it.
What are you going to do?
If you are a righteous person who hungers and thirsts for justice, you will stand with the wronged friend and you will be willing to confront the other. If you are a righteous person….
Why then do most people, even though they have heard the truth and the facts, reject those facts and choose to stand with the wrongdoer rather than the one wronged? I can tell you. Because they know that there will be a price for them to pay if they stand with the victim. It will cost them more to go the route of justice than to blow off the victim, minimize the crime, wash their hands of the thing, and walk away. Which action of course is to side with the wicked.
So often it is the wicked who hold power. It is the wicked who have the money, or the position, or the influence. It is the evil one who is an adult while the victim is a child. It is the evil one who is a pastor or influential member of the church, while the abused one is, well, a kind of nobody.
Peter made just this kind of sinful wrong choice, didn’t he:
Mat 26:73-74 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” (74) Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed.
Now, notice the foolishness of this cowardice. Peter feared the human powers that be and chose to deny the Son of God who holds all power!! This is nothing but plain old unbelief. And that is what professing Christians are guilty of when they refuse to stand with a victim for fear of becoming hated by the oppressor. They choose to disbelieve and disobey God Almighty Himself. They fear men instead of the One they should fear.
And this brings us down to why a person’s response to an abuse victim is soooo telling about the real state of their soul.
Heb 3:12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.