Job 21:7-13 – “Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.”
You might be asked a version of this question someday: Why do the wicked thrive? Why are corrupt politicians allowed in power? Why do drug lords permeate society so freely? Why are some corporate bigwigs paid enough in one year to support a small family for life? Why, in spite of all our traditional teachings to the contrary, do the wicked live? Centuries ago, Job pointed out this contrast, yet we still look for temporal retribution on those who do evil on earth. Look at the example of the thief, tied to the cross next to Christ. What was his punishment?