I know a few people who are agnostics and even atheists who believe Christians are chumps. We’ve been duped into believing that there is a god out there who loves us so completely he came to earth, lived an impossibly sinless life, gave up his life, and rose again. How stupid can we be? Even other religions who believe in a god or gods think Christians are crazy for thinking we do not have to earn our eternal reward.
But the Bible, God’s perfect Word made evident for us reminds us the opposite is true. Verse 1 reads,
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.”
Even the so called good deeds of the lost are not really good. Man can do no good without The LORD. We either serve our Master the One True Living God or we serve the prince of the power of the air, Satan. While God uses all deeds good or evil to benefit His children and conform us to His image when an act is done to serve the enemy it is not a good work, it is self-serving and self-edifying. The good that comes from it is due to God.
Without Him, we can’t be good. Doing good doesn’t earn us salvation it is a result of salvation. The Lord looked for a person who was good without Him and found none. He saw our great need of Salvation through Him, Jesus our Christ, our Redeemer. Verses 2-3 read,
“The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.”
He looks for those who seek Him and when we do, He promises we will find Him. He is at the ready for any who call on His name. In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus said,
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
Romans 10:13 says,
“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
In their ignorance the lost seek pleasure, self-satisfaction, riches, and power. They hurt others to gain these things. God would freely give joy, contentment, treasures in Heaven, and His power and authority if only they would acknowledge Him and ask. Verse 4 laments their obliviousness.
“Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the Lord?”
They are the fools and their foolery results in evil. It results in hate, especially toward the One True God and His followers. God loves us so deeply that when the time comes He will avenge us. Jesus will lead the great army of angels and take vengeance. The Day of Judgement is coming. Verses 5-6 say,
“There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You would shame the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is his refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”
We have a great sanctuary in The Lord. That Day will be horrible for the lost. Do we really want that end for them? The Lord God Almighty doesn’t want a single one of the lost to die. He doesn’t want them to burn in Hell for eternity. (2 Peter 3:9). And we should share His heart and His nature. We grieve their ignorance rather than reciprocate their hate. We should seek to tell them the wonderful truth, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus loves them and so should we. Even while He was on the cross dying a horrendous death for us He showed His profound love. Luke 23:34 says,
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Even the most evil of people was created in the image of God. He loves them. He wants them to know Him. You and I can be the ones to tell them and to show them.