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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

30. On Being Nefarious

To be nefarious is to be flagrantly wicked, evil, to perform wicked acts, impious...to be irreverent, lacking in respect of God, or your parents. (Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary).

To seduce is to persuade to disobedience or disloyalty. (ibid.)

Sedition - incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. (ibid.)

Is anyone exempt before a Holy God?

I am not. Our human nature to satisfy our own will makes us culpable to almost anything if given the perfect opportunity, which is just another reason for us to refrain from judging others when they fall.

Holiness - Set aside, sacred, perfection, spiritually pure. (ibid.)

Is there a definition for holiness that is real and true? Can we even begin to fathom holiness?

Most likely, the majority of us do not consider ourselves nefarious. Terrorists, murdering mobsters, punishers, slave traders, and the like would be considered part of the group, along with a host of others of hideous distinction.

But when it comes to holiness, would my thoughts and words be those reflecting murder, sedition, or any other sort of wickedness otherwise known as nefarious?

When we compare ourselves with ourselves, we tend to overlook our tendencies so as not to be too hard on ourselves, besides, 'I'm not stealing, not murdering, not participating in sex slave trafficking, etc., not in the flesh anyway.'

When Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hellfire...You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28).

It is what is in our hearts that will determine our pleasure to please our anger, our eyes, or our even our ears in justification of sedition. The words of someone who is supposed to be telling us the truth, but is not, is just as wicked as any other sin. 

Words written on a page, or spoken in the air, should be the truth, without exception.

If you, as the reader take exception to this writing because you believe something about yourself that in no way do you have any guilt of relationship to wickedness, then I would have to commend you for your holiness.

The word of God in Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore no condemnation to those who are 'in' (parentheses mine) Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."

But since I am still in this world, and as Jesus would say, 'not of it', I still find myself asking myself, 'What have you done? What did you say? What are you thinking? What are you looking at?' In my own self-examination, I find my own acts of lust and idolatry, of envy and hate. Most times, I correct myself, without condemning myself, for I know that I am 'in' Him.

But when His Spirit corrects me, then all my words fall back to the examiners table to discover their origin and their placement. I have submitted to Him to be examined by Him at any time for it is He Who keeps me in Him, and while I am in the holy place, nothing that is not holy is allowed. It is His righteousness and not my own, I know, but I know that I can do better in my thinking, better in my communicating, and better at listening to Him, the source of Truth. There truly is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, walking in the light as He is in the light, and in that, I find comfort. His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. It is His holiness that separates and sets Him far above what we would call good.

He is building me in Him to be truth in the earth as it is with all those who call themselves Christian. Because of my will, being true to Him first is not automatic, and I see that now. Being true to Him always I will to be some day.

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