Charles Spurgeon, in his exposition of the Psalms, talks about the progression of sin in Psalm 1:1. This isn’t something discussed in polite circles anymore. In fact, today using the word ‘sin’ itself, is a trigger word for those who are opposed to even exploring the concept the word represents.
And I can agree with them. Sin is not a safe word. Not safe at all. But if we refuse to discuss it, the eternal consequences will eventually crash upon a person’s life as inevitably as death itself; truthfully a double death, as temporal death gives way to the blinding light of Truth, and convicted by their own thoughts, words, and deeds, the person is resigned then to am eternal slow death in regret, for having rejected Truth when opportunity to embrace It had been held out to that person, again and again and again.
So how did this person end up awash in pain, bitterness, and regret for eternity? Psalm 1:1 outlines it for us.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers,
(Psalm 1:1 NIV)
Walking within the scope of the modern day culture leads to standing with them. Forward momentum toward spiritual maturity has slowed, and then stopped. This led to falling in line with the culture, a spiritual standstill. Then came sitting in the mocking section; the person has forsaken any thought of spiritual sensitivity and has hardened their mind and heart against it, to the extent that he now scoffs at having even tolerated those who hold such antiquated and boorish and exclusionary beliefs. In the modern vernacular, he considers himself “woke” from such tolerance.
However just the opposite has actually happened… and his spiritual blindness is now replaced with a bitter spirit of victimhood, a necessary mindset for the ability to mock.
“When men are living in sin they go from bad to worse. At first they merely walk in the counsel of the careless and ungodly, who forget God… The evil is rather practical than habitual… But after that they become habituated to evil and they stand in the way of open sinners who willfully violate God’s Commandments and if left alone, they go one step further, and become themselves pestilent teachers and tempters of others, and thus they sit in the seat of the scornful.”
– Charles Spurgeon
He goes on to say that the one blessed by God goes out of their camp, bearing the reproach of Christ. Moses also had experienced this, as he learned the reproach of the Egyptians for turning down the privileges and delights of the palace, and the power and prestige as a grandson of Pharaoh.
Oh for the grace to forsake the siren call of sin, to lash ourselves to the mast and resist; and for the grace to bear up under the rejection of God’s existence and standards by the culture around us; and to confront in the power of the Risen Christ the deception of evil spirits who work continually to convince men that being woke is actually freedom instead of bondage for eternity.