Psalm 35

Fake news! Alternative facts! Politics! So unfair!

This Psalm articulates with great vivid nuance how insane-making unfair corrupt politics is.

You start to get your theology radar out and think ‘this is a bit crude, eye for eye, unloving… Jesus said love your enemies, but this says destroy my enemies.

But it’s really about hating injustice, longing for comeuppance, and I’m all on board for that. It’s how I spend most of my news reading time, and injustice drives me nuts

I’m obsessed with U.S. politics, because, forget policies, Trump is just a nasty guy, a bully, narcissistic, unfair, no respecter of truth. I followed the primaries, the election, and now I long for the time when he comes undone, when there is some payback for being such a shameless bully.

I’ve had to stop myself, discipline my U.S. politics reading time.

So I get this Psalm. May God’s justice reign!

I particularly loved how it caught the small attacks that can ruin lives, like ‘do not let those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.‘ Also how the small unfairnesses can hurt most ‘when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fastingBut when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;

I think you can hate injustice and love your enemies. I think it can happen in noticing it, and longing for and planning for justice, but not always acting in the short term against the perpetrators. Having patience like God.

The writer has bought his grievances to God, a good place for them to start.

I’m hoping many evangelical Christians in the US will repent when the bubble bursts. I do hate them a bit too, right or wrong, for what they are doing to Christianity.

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