(Proverbs 28:5 KJV) Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
What does it mean to be “evil” (7451b)? In the last election the word was thrown around a lot. I know I used it. The problem is that most people don’t understand it, or don’t want to understand it. For most people evil is simply someone who disagrees with them and has the temerity to express that disagreement. Thus George Bush was evil but Bill Clinton wasn’t even though one was a paragon of virtue and the other was walking sleaze.
There is a sense in which sin is sin and all is a rejection of the glory of God. Got that. But at the same time the Bible does have a hierarchy of rebellion. There are different words for sin. At one end you have failing to hit the mark. At the other end you have voluntary depravity.
But this points out there are those who are evil in the nasty sense. These people often talk about “justice” (4941) and “love” but they do not even have the beginning of understanding because they have rejected the Lord and His values.
So? Obviously we want to make sure we are on the right path but we also need to develop some discernment when it comes to whom we follow and accept as authority. Start building your data base of righteousness.