Read Psalm 12
Focus on verse 2
What happens to a civilization when the faithful vanish? How do people behave in a godless society? There is a riddle that has become popular among the more cynical among those watching the political landscape in America as follows; “How do you know when a politician is lying? Answer: His or her lips are moving”. While this may be an overstatement, it is a reflection of how far our civilization has deteriorated. The faithful seem to be vanishing as morality continues to plummet. Sadly, those who make the loudest claims to be faithful often turn out to be even worse liars than the ones who make no pretense to be faithful.
“Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.” (v. 2) Though this statement was written thousands of years ago, it describes quite accurately the state of our current civilization.
Finding a person who consistently tells the truth is like finding a needle in a haystack, and similar to finding a needle anywhere – its typically not well received as the one who finds it has the point buried in his or her epidermis.
When goodness is gone from a society, the society is in danger of extinction because as we have observed in previous readings, evil when left to its own ends ultimately self-destructs. In the final analysis evil has already lost the battle because evil attempts to rule by fear and fear has no power over love. God is love, there is no fear in love for perfect love casts out all fear.
It may appear in this physical realm in which we currently live that evil, and fear and hate and lies will triumph, but it is an illusion. When the smoke and mirrors of the deception by which evil seeks to convince us that there is no hope is swept aside by the truth of God, we see that goodness is not gone. Goodness will never be gone because God is goodness and God is eternal and God is still present in our world.