I must admit, I love stupid criminal stories. You know those stories... They are about criminals who are convinced they will never get caught, but they do really stupid things in their pride that end up getting them caught. I loved the story of the guy who broke into a house while a family was on vacation, but he got himself locked in the garage. He had to eat dog food for several days. When the family came home, there he was! Then there was the criminal who broke into a home. He used a folded up piece of mail to shimmy into the sliding glass door lock. He stole a ton of stuff. He was quickly apprehended because when he left, he left behind the piece of mail. It was his own mail complete with his name and address. Oh, and then there are the countless stupid criminals who steal stuff and then post about it on social media, bragging about all their new things. Some even post video! It's like a video confession just sitting there for the authorities. Stupid criminals crack me up!
But here's the truth:
We are all stupid criminals if we think we can get away with sin. It's only because God is good and merciful that we don't immediately pay the repercussions of our actions and choices.
Psalm 52:1 "Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually."
Psalm 52 is about a stupid criminal. He loves his sin and mischief. He boasts in it. What he fails to see is that God has him on surveillance camera. God is seeing it all. The criminal will face judgment. But this criminal trusts in his own strength, wisdom, cunning, and riches.
Psalm 52:7 "Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness."
When a criminal gets caught and pays for his crimes, it sends a message to others to think twice about following his path.
Psalm 52:6 "The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:"
The righteous see what happens to those who flaunt their sin. The righteous choose to fear instead of follow. They choose to learn the lesson from other people's mistakes instead of having to learn them from their own stupidity. Then the righteous laugh... they share "stupid criminal" stories. Why? Because they know that nothing escapes God's view and they think, "Wow! I am not going to do that! God sees everything!"
The moral of this story? Don't be a stupid criminal. God sees. It's like leaving our name and address at the scene of the crime, and we might as well post a video confession because God already knows!
Galatians 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."