Friday, October 27, 2006

Moral Filth

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!


Anonymous said...

I subscribe to a Catholic verse-of-the-day, and James 1:21 was the verse for Monday. I have a niece who thinks she is gay. She says that she is going to "marry" the woman she's been living with.
My brother was gay, and my sister (Jen's Mom) lived with a woman for over 20 years. I have a nephew who is living with a man.
I feel like the whole world is filled with moral filth. I ache for the children who will get a skewed version of the family. I'm sad for our family. My niece's decision has divided us into camps of "for" and "against."
It is Satan--his motto is "divide and conquer."
Please pray for us.

Jacquelyne Jackson said...

Praying for you n your family.I know God is able to turn your situation with you and your family members around! Be encouraged and keep the faith, Jesus is working things out for the good.

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Unknown said...

Love your heart for the things of God! Keep speaking truth into people; it is what sets us free! Jesus died so that we can have that truth! 😊😊

Anonymous said...

Only Jesus can break, what seems to be, a generational curse in your family. Keep YOUR eyes on Him! Seek Him for you and let what He does in you shine through!!

Unknown said...

Just came across this "moral filth" in my daily scripture. Thank you for your explanation!

Unknown said...

My mother is a good Christian but choose to live in filth. Why does she scorn me when I clean her house from top to bottom. Today she was upset with me for 'burgeoning' her with the inconvience of having to leave her house in order for the fumigator to eradicate her home from german cockroaches. Tonight she sits in cleanliness, without dirt and dust without cockroaches crawling the kitchen in the microwave on the table. Why is she angry with me. I am not looking for gratitude, I just want her to live in a clean environment