Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 47)
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord
But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
Proverbs 11:20 (NASB)
A man will be praised according to his insight,
But one of perverse mind will be despised.
Proverbs 12:8 (NASB)
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity,
Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
Proverbs 19:1 (NASB)
I've seen the word, pervert, hurled like a dart, damaging its unprotected targets. Clearly, God doesn't like perversity, so two questions beg thoughtful attention: 1) Exactly what is meant by perversion? 2) Once witnessed, what should we do about it?
Perversity comes from the Latin word, perversus, which means facing the wrong way: going counter to what is expected.* Surely, criminals are perverse people. They're breaking the laws and hurting others. But what of cultural perversity? Like minorities or differing faiths? Like special groups with alternate values? Aren't they counter to what is expected?
If they don't look and act like we do, should we call them perverse and denounce them? Because all over earth, it's happening. Offended Muslims denounce Israel and people they believe oppose Islam. Offended nations denounce refugees and immigrants they believe oppose them. Offended Christians denounce Hollywood and lifestyles they believe oppose God's Law.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't embrace superiority and label outsiders as perverse. Instead, exhibit humility and extend them all-inclusive love. Because we're told not to judge the world:
'Who are you to judge another man's servant? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4).
Paul reminded the Corinthians: 'For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?' (1 Corinthians 5:12).
However, in your personal life and among your own church family, become aware of perversity: crookedness of heart, mind, mouth and path. And when (not if) you discover it (because everyone sins, even you), then give and receive kind correction.
To Be Continued...
* Definition of perverse: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/perverse?s=t
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.