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Devotionals 2007-2008

The Sport of Evil
January 22, 2008By Ed Wrather


To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom. The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation. - Proverbs 10:23.

In Russellville, Arkansas, a man received ten months in jail for contempt of court after mooning a judge. Robert White was serving as his own attorney in a municipal court on a disorderly conduct charge. White stated the hearing was a “kangaroo court” and began using foul language. Then He mooned the judge. Judges do tend to view such things as contempt of court. While I was a probation and parole officer, a man I was supervising attacked his girlfriend injuring her and he attacked his own parents. He received only minor punishment for the attacks but he had violated his probation. In a hearing to revoke his probation, the judge was very kind and allowed him three days to take care of things prior to going to prison. Just after the judge left the courtroom, the man began using foul language cursing the judge. The judge was told and he reentered the courtroom calling the court back into session. The man was then ordered immediately to prison.

To so flagrantly flaunt authority is beyond foolishness and yet many do so. Why? It has become their way of life. Doing evil is how they live. Doing evil things is a sport and they enjoy it. They have a lust for evil, for wickedness, for things that are wrong. In Proverbs 11 the Bible says about them, “the unfaithful will be caught by their lust,” “the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them,” “the wicked will fall by his own wickedness,” “when a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.”

How much better for those who do good instead of evil. In Proverbs 11:19, “As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” And when the righteous die they are “delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead (Proverbs 11:8).” The life of righteousness is far better than the sport of evil. “...the righteous has an everlasting foundation (Proverbs 10:25).” That everlasting foundation can only be found in Jesus Christ. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).”

One of the primary reasons many pursue evil with their lives is that they do not have that everlasting foundation that is only found in Jesus Christ. If you have been engaged in the sport of evil I urge you, before it is eternally too late, to turn to Jesus Christ asking for His mercy, and His forgiveness.

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