Maligned

For those of you who didn’t read my last post, go read it so you know what frame of mind I was in this weekend.

After the internet drama of the past few days, this morning I read the July 20th devotional in the devotional book I’ve been reading, “Strength For Today” by John MacArthur. Today’s devotional had a relevant passage, which was interesting, because it’s the passage for today’s date, not cherry-picked by me. I’m always amazed at how God gives me the message I need to hear exactly when I need to hear it.

Peter noted the reason for the world’s hostility to Christians when he wrote,

[Unbelievers] are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excess of dissipation, and they malign you” (1 Peter 4:4). Christians’ lives are a threat because they rebuke unbelievers’ sin and remind them of coming judgment.

Now I’m not making any claims about who is saved and who isn’t, but I find it interesting that this verse specifically addresses the issue of the attitude of unbelievers to sin. Reading the above verse in context, it says:

“…having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”

 So the passage basically says that unbelievers won’t like it when you, as a believer point out their sin.  It also says that they will be held accountable for their sin, but not to me.  They will answer to God for their choices.

And so I say that the biblical thing for husbands to do is this: stop looking at other women.  Stop ogling bikini-clad babes and women wearing low-cut blouses.  If someone tells you that there’s nothing wrong with looking at a woman in a lustful way when she isn’t your wife, then you can know that these are the people Peter was talking about in I Peter 4:4.  They don’t understand why you don’t enjoy sin like they do, and they will mock you and “malign” you (which means to speak about someone in a spitefully critical manner). As someone who has recently experienced this, I can tell you that taking a stand for what is right is not always the popular choice. But it is the right choice.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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