Reflections From PROVERBS 17: FAMILIAL TREASURES & RELATIVISM


 

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(V.6) “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.”

To have the line of the family name is an honor indeed and to have fathers that are present is an equal reward.  Yet, so many are not crowned in this way, instead they are barren, an orphan syndrome that plagues many in my day.  Does God ever remedy this plight?  Yes He does at times.  One may have no biological children to speak of and yet can father many in the faith.

Here, both experience a glory and honor similar yet distinct from the former.  At times we are left orphaned, childless, yet never alone, never abandoned by our Creator.  Somewhere in the scriptures, it is said of God that, “He is a father to the fatherless” even when dire circumstances of need physically and spiritually obtain, God the father is nevertheless present to comfort, protect and to guide.  He does this through His eternal word, redeemed church, and Holy Spirit.

Some have this physical/biological glory and honor, while others possess it through a substitute and often this latter reality can be as glorious or even more magnificent than the former state of affairs.

(V.15) “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.”

This text signals a beacon light which this present culture is absolutely ignoring: that God exists, they’re ignoring the light of His word and thus they are assured inevitable destruction.  The denial of God’s existence is followed by making mankind the measure of all things.  It invites a malleable view of what’s true, real, and moral.  It assures that the freedom people so desperately yearn for is ever further away from their grasp.  When we snub our noses at God our maker, we are not free, but enslaved.

What marks this “slavery” is relativism, moral relativism and it’s in the very air we breathe today.  God abhors this because it is false and since He is the God of truth, He doesn’t laud it, but instead condemns it.  It is a lie all people, to one degree or another, suppress in unrighteousness:

19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Rom.1:19-23)

What is true, just and beautiful will always be grounded on the immutable being of God the Creator.

(SDG)

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