|“Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that |
is so prevalent and humbly accept the
word planted in you, which can save you.”
After years and years of observing the moral decline in our nation, I still find times when I am shocked by the language, visual images, crude jokes, suggestive attire, disrespectful behavior, and generally immoral attitude of more and more people in our land.
As Christians, God intends for us to take a stand against evil, not to be drawn into the midst of it and relish the depravity around us. That’s why the Apostle James wrote these words found in James 1:21:
Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Since he wrote these words in the first century A.D., imagine what he would think of our world today? He would probably faint dead away at the sound of the words people speak aloud, the suggestiveness of our clothing, the coarseness of our behavior, and our choices for entertainment. I can hardly imagine how shocked James would feel.
But, we can, and should, do our part to stand against evil. How many Christian women watch “The Bachelor” or similar programs? How many Christian men leer at the attire of most women who appear on their television screens? How many Christians have fallen prey to pornography, or gambling, or excessive use of alcoholic beverages, or telling dirty jokes, or …?
I know, I know, this is not at all a popular topic. But, you see, I know my own heart. I know how enticing some of the sin of our present age can become. Nevertheless, the call from the Apostle James seems quite clear to me. And, if you’re honest, doesn’t it speak to you, as well?
As we begin another day, while we bask in God’s love for us, let’s not forget the responsibilities we have as His ambassadors to a truly troubled world. When we choose our entertainment, or our clothing, or any other behavior, let’s think more carefully about what would honor Him the most. If we do that, we will be much better off.