God has great wrath for leaders who enable evildoers
[October 18, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil. (Ecclesiastes 8:11 ESV)
Justice. Crying out against injustice. This is what this blog is all about. The primary injustice is the abuse that the abusive spouse does to the target spouse. The secondary injustice, which is all too common, is the way churches, family and friends fail to hold the abuser properly accountable. The pain of this secondary injustice can be as bad as the pain and suffering of the primary injustice. We expect the church, our friends and maybe our family to support us: to declare the injustice of the abuser’s evil deeds and hold him accountable. And when that expectation is dashed, it hurts so much more because we had been holding out so much hope.
Were we wrong to hold out hope? No. After all, the Bible talks so much about holding oppressors accountable, not taking bribes from the wicked, judging matters rightly, bringing justice to the oppressed, upholding the rights of the widows, the orphans, the poor. And victims of abuse fall into those categories — if not in letter, certainly in principle.
But what do we so often find instead? Well, it’s pretty much summed up by Jeremiah 23:14-20. God has great wrath for leaders who enable evildoers.
But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his evil; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.” Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: “Behold, I will feed them with bitter food and give them poisoned water to drink, for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone out into all the land.”
Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’” For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
Behold, the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly. (ESV)
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