“Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”
This Proverbs Bible verse is filled with imagery and similes. But the message is clear.
What good is a muddied spring or polluted fountain? We can’t drink from it. It has life-saving water, but it is no use to us.
This verse is the perfect symbolic metaphor for something we see daily in our society by Christians and atheists alike: Apathy.
Those who do not assert themselves and neglect to take a stand in the face of wrongdoing, are not only useless to society but harmful to the greater good of all.
Equally dangerous is to put our faith in ungodly, wicked men or to give them power.
Implied in the subtext of this proverb is that righteous individuals need to be uncompromising in opposition to sin. Good individuals must not yield to the wicked. Such actions call for bravery. Too many individuals are more concerned with what other people think rather than standing up for what is right.
Failure to act is complicit to supporting wrongdoing and may be equal to performing a harmful act oneself.
A 79-year-old man was severely attacked and wounded for preaching the gospel on the New York subway by a transgender.
The transgender, described as dressed as a “female, black, with a dark complexion, about 6’1″ tall with brown eyes and long, red hair,” attacked the elderly man with the stiletto spike of a high-heeled shoe. The transgender struck him several times, leaving him bleeding profusely from a gash in his head. He later required 30 stitches to close the wound.
What did people do while all this was going on?
People did what people do today – they pulled out their smartphones and took video of the attack. No one stepped up to come to the elderly man’s aid. It was only after the attacker departed, did subway riders finally approach him to provide help.
According to one of the eyewitnesses, who filmed the event, and later posted about it on Instagram: “This old man right here was just singing some gospel songs and sharing the word of God to people on the train; he didn’t say anything to hurt anyone, he wasn’t even loud, …but this is what he got in return from a transgendered Lady who hit him on the head with her heels, threw his Bible away, and no one did anything to help but to look at this old man bleed.”
Another person on Instagram wrote: “What a world we live in that some people see preaching the word of God as a threat to their lives.”
NYPD is still looking for the suspect.
There is a famous quote, often misquoted as: “Evil succeeds when good men do nothing.”
The attribution of the actual quote is often given to Edmund Burke, and it is this: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
However, according to the website quote investigator, the earliest version of this quotation was made by the Reverend Charles F. Aked, who in an October, 1916 speech said: “It has been said that for evil men to accomplish their purpose is only necessary that good men should do nothing.”
In summary, all of these quotations point back to the Proverbs Bible message of today’s verse: Proverbs 25:26.