Meditation for Monday

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:12

The old country preacher Vance Havner tells the following tale of an encounter with darkness: ‘Some time ago a friend of mine took me to a restaurant where they must have loved darkness rather than light. I stumbled into the dimly-lit cavern, fumbled for a chair, and mumbled that I needed a flashlight in order to read the menu. When the food came I ate it by faith and not by sight. Gradually, however, I began to make out objects a little more clearly. My host said, ‘Funny, isn’t it, how we get used to the dark?’ ‘Thank you,’ I replied, ‘You have given me a new sermon subject.’ Mr. Havner’s observation points out to us the greatest danger in having anything to do with the shameful works of the vilest sinners around us. That danger is that we might just get too comfortable with the sinful deeds of the depraved.

Remember the sad case of Lot, who the Bible clearly identifies as a righteous man, and yet he was a man who died in shame and loss. It began when he chose to live a little too near to the depraved city of Sodom. When he moved into the city itself, he was sorely vexed with the filthy lifestyles of the place. No doubt hoping to improve things, he became involved in the city government. Although nothing about the city changed, Lot changed, and so did his family. The result was tragedy. All because Lot did not allow the shame of Sodom to keep himself away from it. Shameful things surround you and me today, every bit as shameful as those that vexed Lot’s soul. And these shameful things are having a negative impact on the Christians, whether we like it or not, whether we realize it or not.

When I was a youngster, nobody ever spoke a word about homosexuality; we had no clue what it even was. Compare that with today, as homosexuality is not only openly practiced but promoted and praised, endorsed by governments, and sheltered from criticism. But its acceptance in today’s society does not make it any more right than it ever was, one of the most harshly condemned social sins in Scripture. God hates it, and so should we. So how should we deal with it?

I believe our text condemns those who stridently oppose homosexuality. If the sin is a shame, so is the speaking about it. And that includes those who would speak loudly against it. Yes, we must declare that it is sinful, but we must not dwell upon it or openly challenge those who promote it. It would be wrong for us to join forces with those who publicly challenge the sin. What our text makes plain is that we are to avoid mentioning it unless necessary. We must accept God’s declaration that the sin is shameful, and speaking about it is too.

The Bible lists those things that are good for us to think about and speak about. Let those good things so occupy our minds and tongues that we won’t have time to discuss the shameful things of the world.

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