“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Ps. 23:3).
What are paths of righteousness?
A path of righteousness is a morally right and just path.
So, sin and lies avoid it.
It is a pathway of truth and justice (Prov. 8:20). And the truth we find there is based on the Word of God: the Bible.
Who is leading us in paths of righteousness?
Jesus leads us in these paths.
And who could be a better guide in paths of righteousness than Him? Paul says Jesus has become righteousness for us (I Cor. 1:30). And Malachi says He is “the Sun of righteousness” rising over our lives with healing in His wings (Mal. 4:2). Through His death on the cross, all our sins are forgiven. The load we were bearing has fallen from our backs and we are free! It is as if we had never sinned. Try to imagine that! You’d be as free as a bird! That’s how perfect, complete, and eternal our forgiveness is.
Not only that. But the scepter Jesus holds as King is a scepter of righteousness. And He loves righteousness and hates iniquity [sin] (Heb. 1:8,9). This gives us a glimpse into the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.
And so, naturally, He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. It is His joy to do so.
President Trump, injustice, and Christians
No president has ever been treated as bad as President Trump is treated. He is lied about and slandered continuously in the press, on TV news, on the internet, by political foes, and on the street. The hate is complete. And the lies are never-ending. Take, for example, the racist slurs. He is not a racist. The facts will bear that out. But, for many, facts just get in the way. Besides. Who has time to look at facts? And if you do have the time, who wants to report them? If you want to hang on to your teeth, or perhaps your life, you will think better of that. Anyway. We must get on with the revolution! Right?
After all. We know he is a racist because we have been told he is a racist. The disinformation and deceit are thorough. It matters not if his opponent in this presidential election, who is regarded as not being racist, is, in fact, the racist. The facts during his decades-old political meanderings also bear that out. Yet the media turns the table on President Trump and says he is the racist. As Tom Petty would say: “It makes you want to twist and shout when you’re inside out.”
Injustice and unrighteousness have reached new levels in the upper stratosphere with the treatment President Trump has endured in the last four years while being a great president and a voice for the unborn and those suffering religious persecution around the world. Yet many Christians, who are supposedly led by Jesus in paths of righteousness, cannot see it. So what path are they on?
Paths of righteousness lead to the trenches
I crawled into a trench when bombs exploded over my head. I’ve been on this battlefield for months now. It seems like years, probably because it has been. I’ve been fighting against darkness almost every day in prayer. I thought more soldiers would show up. But there are only a few of us out here. It’s cold at night when you’re alone in the trenches. But we’ve made some advances.
We’re going to win this war witches and Satanists are waging against us and our president. We will win in Jesus’ name by the power of His Spirit, and that alone (Zech. 4:6). Though there are only a few of us out here, there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few (I Sam. 14:6) and the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (II Cor. 10:4). The paths of righteousness have led us here. And we will fight on!
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