By Ken Blue
“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12.
It is easy to see why some people don’t like to look in the mirror. If they look beyond the external, and see within their soul, they see nothing but filth and dirt. The following four point from Scripture point out the problem.
1. Those who do not honor parents. These have no respect for their father or mother, and very little for themselves. “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.” Proverbs 30:11. Everything they do dishonors the name of their parents. This is a generational problem. They would as soon curse their mother and father, as they would a dog. Beauty may be on the outside, but the inside is ugly, filth, and immorality.
2. Those who are self-righteous. “There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12. This generation has no concept of true righteousness. They think because they are polite and considerate at times, they are good. But underneath the facade, lies a ravenous beast. The only pureness seen, is in their own eyes. They are filthy, unwashed, and blind to it all.
3. Those who are full of vanity, pride and insolence. “There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.” Proverbs 30:13. This crowd has no shame. They are unable to blush, so they purchase it at the cosmetic counter. Pride stands out in every pore of their skin. It is seen in their walk, their talk, their music, and their impertinence. They pride themselves on the fact that “their head is bloody, but unbowed.” They have eyes, but they cannot see. They have ears, but they cannot hear, they have mouths, but they don’t know how to talk.
4. Those who are cruel, greedy, and oppressive to the poor. “There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” Proverbs 30:14. This generation in a class of thieves. They would steal the shoes and coat from the beggar. Their eyes are constantly looking for things to steal. They are like a beast that leaves no meat on the bones. It may be their need for crack, weed, and speed that fuels their greed. If it isn’t under lock and key, they will steal it. Their conscience is dead concerning this matter, unless someone steal from them.
You would like to rebuke the above crowd, but they will not take rebuke. You would like to shame them, but they have no shame. The only hope for these, is the death of a friend, or a near death experience themselves. It might wake them up, but I doubt it.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.