Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, February 16th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: What's Perversity?
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, drawing blood from 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 law and hurting others.

What about cultural perversity? Like certain groups with alternate values? Aren't they headed in the wrong direction?

If they don't look like us and live like us, should we call them perverse and denounce them? Because all over earth, it's happening.

Muslim extremists denounce Israel and call America, 'The Great Satan.'

Prosperous nations denounce refugees as nothing more than beggars at their gates.

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 to them inclusive love. Because we're told not to judge the world:

'Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4, NKJV).

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, NASB).

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.

## Proverbs For Performers: What's Perversity? (Part 47)

* Definition of perverse: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/perverse?s=t

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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