A week ago today, I commented on a television program that the most dangerous person on the earth is someone like the person described in Proverbs 18:1:
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
You will be able to see that program in a few weeks when it airs on channel 47 in Birmingham, AL, or listen to it online at www.gleniris.net or on the radio at 91.9 local FM radio. We recorded it last Tuesday and it is scheduled to air at 2 pm each Saturday (CST).
I’m not sure when that episode will air but the statement was somewhat prophetic in light of the recent shootings in Washington D.C. at the Navy Yard. I didn’t mean to make a prophetic statement nor was I trying to be prophetic. Instead, I was making an insightful comment about the verse above in Proverbs.
A man who breaks out against all sound judgment is a dangerous man. He isolates himself because he seeks his own desire. He wants his own way. He wants to do what he wants to do and no one’s thoughts and ideas will stop him. He is not living in community. He has no one to correct his wrong thinking. He has what seems like “crazy” thoughts to the world when really they are sinful and in need of a rebuke and correction. Without anyone around him, he is isolated and breaks out against all sound judgement. It sounds very dangerous to me and much like a description of a mass murderer including the young man who tragically took the lives of 12 victims yesterday.
While we grieve the loss and should grieve the loss of loved ones unnecessarily, let’s not lose sight of God’s truth which warns us about the type of person I commented about on the tv program. This person described in Proverbs 18:1 is the most dangerous person on the planet. And what’s sad is the next 2 verses in Proverbs 18:2-3 provide even more insight about the devastation of this type of person’s heart and actions:
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace.
Let’s all agree that God’s Word is truly enlightening. While psychology searches for answers and meaning, biblical-thinking Christians have the answers and meaning already, thanks to Christ and the Bible.
-Mark (grieving with the families who lost loved ones and celebrating the wisdom of an all-knowing God Who provides His truth in His holy Word)