Today I was doing a Bible study with a group of junior high students after school. It is a great time of eating cookies and drinking sodas in a park across the street from their middle school. We get together every Friday afternoon, it is one my highlights in my busy week. We are currently reading through James.
I have read through James a thousand times. But today God showed me something I have read over and missed. Isn’t that amazing how your eyes see something new in the middle of familiarity?
James 1:21 says, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”
Today moral filth became visible to me. Do you see it? What is moral filth? Moral is the ability to know or sense right and wrong. Filth is something dirty, foul, disgusting, and unclean. So what is moral filth? It is something that is ok in the world’s eyes but unclean in God’s eyes. Abortion is ok in the world’s eyes. Premarital sex is ok in the world’s eyes. Astrology is ok in the world’s eyes. Most pornography is legal. Greed and covetousness is ok in the world’s eyes. But all these things are not ok in God’s eyes.
Verse 27 is a bookend for this idea: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Don’t get polluted by the things that the world says is ok. Seek truth through the Bible and live for God!