The Police, and Turning Scripture Upside Down

Posted on June 3, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Gold Standard of Truth
One way to determine how quickly America is fading is to compare present reality with the Bible.

Christians who regard the Bible as Truth have a standard with which to judge right and wrong. We see the Bible as right; therefore that which contradicts it is wrong. When we read a biblical truth contradicted by newly accepted societal ethics, we have every right to say: “Society is wrong, and therefore deserving of God’s judgment.”

Such is the case with several passages from the book of Proverbs. The first is 17:15: “One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” The second is 24:24-25:

One who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Peoples will curse him, nations will scold him;
But for those who rebuke the wicked there will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.

Condemning the Righteous
Reading Proverbs 17:15, I could not help but think of the current topsy-turvy movement in America regarding the police. Again, Proverbs 17:15 says: “One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”

This is where America is now regarding the police. It came to a head in 2020, and has been advancing at breakneck speed since. I am not saying the police are perfect as there have been abuses committed within its ranks. Yet, I believe the vast majority of police officers are good men and women who care about the people they protect. There are always going to be a smattering of stinkers.

And I’m not saying the police are “righteous” in the spiritual sense, but I believe they are a force for good. Yet, the police in America more and more are being condemned as evil, vilified by the angry and malcontented who litter society with hatred and bitterness. And when local, state, and national leaders side with the malcontented – as per defunding-police legislation – they become condemners of the righteous.

Justifying the Wicked
Likewise are the violent protestors who have wreaked havoc in Democrat-led cities. In times past, the police quelled such civil disobedience, stopping the chaos such dissenters sought to unleash.

However, too many governors, mayors, and other politicians have refused to grant their law-enforcement agencies the freedom required to do their job, thus giving free rein to the wicked. This lack of action is enough to label such insanity as “justifying the wicked,” let alone those who have verbally lauded the groups and organizations spearheading the anarchy.

And what of the Proverbs 24 contention that “One who says to the wicked, ‘You are righteous,’ peoples will curse him, nations will scold him”? This is a biblical truth, but is not being upheld by American culture. And what of, “But for those who rebuke the wicked there will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them”? Not seeing much of that, either.

The End Result
What does God think of those who justify the wicked and condemn the righteous? The second part of Proverbs 17:15 says: “Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”

The Hebrew word for “abomination” is toebah, which means “abominable,” “detestable,” and “loathsome.” What will be the end result of those who are an abomination to the Lord? Jeremiah 8:12 reads:

Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done?
They were not ashamed at all,
And they did not know how to be ashamed;
Therefore they will fall among those who fall;
At the time of their punishment they will collapse,”
Says the Lord.

These words were spoken to ancient Israel, and they were fulfilled – fulfilled by a God who does not change (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 40:8; Malachi 3:6).

America is turning Scripture upside down daily, becoming more the abomination to God. As God dealt with ancient Israel because it had become an abomination to Him, so will He do to America if we continue to trample upon His righteous Truth.