Psa 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (2) but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
We are often pressured by professing Christians, pastors, so-called Christian books, etc., to continue to associate with the wicked. Oh, sure we may be told to never go into a bar or other places deemed to be centers of sin, but there is a real kind of cognitive dissonance in all this. By that, I mean that we are instructed not to hang with certain kinds of sinners, but then in seeming conflict with this we are told that we must, for instance, remain in a marriage to an evil spouse. Similarly we are pressured to “love” everyone, no matter how wicked their life nor how obvious their hypocrisy.
But what do we see here in God’s Word? What does David say about the person God blesses? About the righteous? He says this:
- A godly person does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
- A godly person does not stand in the way of sinners
- A godly person does not sit in the seat of scoffers
Now, just how is anyone going to take that plain and obvious portrait of a true child of God and yet insist that we are to “lovingly” associate with people who are of just the opposite character? How can a Christian husband or wife be told that it is God’s decree that they remain married to a wicked, sinning, scoffing RASN?
Typically it would seem that so many professing Christians have so idolized marriage that they would edit Psalm 1 something like this:
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked [unless you are married to them], nor stands in the way of sinners [unless you are married to them], nor sits in the seat of scoffers [Unless you are married to them];