A twisted conscience
Proverbs 17:20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.
Jesus our saviour expects our minds to be straight, and innocent and pure. Crooked minds, will only lead us to impure language and actions, or even wrong interpretation of events.
A story is told of a prince who lost some valuable jewels from his house. It must have been gold. He called his men together to find the thief. His wise men suggested that he locks up all his workers. He gave a stick to each one of them. He said that the thief's stick would grow two inches long.
The third thought that he was too clever and decided to cut off two inches from his stick, so that when it grows, then it would be the same size as the others and in that way, he would not be discovered.
The following morning, all the workers were summoned. They were asked to put forward their sticks, arranged properly next to each other. The prince then checked out the sticks. He realised that all the sticks were one size, except one, that of the real thief. It didn't grow as he had expected.
Sometimes our society confuses corrupt mind, with creativity or innovation. And most of the times people with twisted minds are seen as flexible, innovative, entertaining.
Psalm 125:5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The LORD will lead them away with the doers of iniquity.
Peace be upon Israel. The one thing these people will not be guaranteed of is peace. They will probably have material success, but they will lack peace. Lack of peace also lead to ill health. But for the straight of heart, they will enjoy the peace from Jesus Himself.
Philippians 2:15 So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.
We are called to be the light of the world. The rose's of the world. The fragrance of the world. Living the way we are called to live amidst a perverse generation. We are all guilty to some degree.