Can I Be Direct?

Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord , but he who is devious in his ways despises him. Proverbs 14:2

Politics has always been hard for me. And not politics in the sense of campaigning for an office. The kind of politics I’m talking about can exist in any group of people – organized or not. If I could define it, it would be something like: Manipulating circumstances and/or people in order to create a favorable environment so you get what you want. The problem is (for me), it never seems to be very straightforward.

The verse above relates the way we conduct our affairs to our regard for our Maker. That becomes really tough when the word devious is brought into the mix.  At first, I read devious as evil.  So, I looked at the definition and this is what it says:


1. showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals

2. (of a route or journey) longer and less direct than the most straightforward way

I’ve encountered many (even within the Church) who view the “longer and less direct” route as wisdom. It seems scripture is reiterating the criticality of dealing with things in a more direct (albeit kind) way. And it translates directly to how we esteem our God.

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