Friday, March 20, 2009

Ephesians 5:11-12: Exposing Sin

Walking in the light means spotting evil.
Ephesians 5:11-12 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

The commands are clear: walking in the light means wickedness and sin must be put off. Notice deeds of darkness are “unfruitful”—They are not in producing the good and pure fruit of true Christian transformation.

Paul has said such wickedness should not be ‘named’ among us. We are to expose it. Do not talk about sin—do not gossip, do not reveal in dirty juice about it. How often to Christians say they avoid certain sins but they soak up the stories about them—we sit in the putrid juices of wickedness. “I didn’t do anything”. We must expose wickedness. This doesn’t mean with gossip or become a tattler. But as we have opportunity we must call evil evil. Consider above: church discipline; or exposing false belief. Warning rebuking (2 Tim. 3:16-4:5)

Christians should expose wickedness because God will one day expose wickedness. That sin you do in secret, that no one knows—God’s judgment will bring it to light. God will shine a perfect light on sin. In that day, the evil doers will scatter light cockroaches. Wickedness cannot stand light! We are to walk in such a way that our light exposes wickedness.

Exposing wickedness does not mean we must become a sort of 'holier-than-thou' type in our attitude. It also does not mean we become a divine tattle-tailer. I also think Paul does envision us sitting in our basements blogging about who is doing what vile deed of wickedness this week. It does however mean that we call evil what it is. We should be clear in pointing out sin. In fact, in a day and age where ethical ambiguity abounds being the light and walking in the light means we should be zealous at pointing out those things which are contrary to God's law and Biblical principles. Often times pointing out sin does not mean finger waging but comely standing and saying "I will not do that" "I will not go there" because it is wrong.

Moral ambiguity abounds. No one denies that we face a whole range of issues in our culture that our complex. We face ethical issues that even two hundred years ago would have been technological unimmaginable and so we have complex factors to weigh. However, this should not stop us from being the light. The light of Christians anchored on Biblical prescriptions and principles needs to shine more brighly. It is time we wake up! Evangelical Christians have been sleeping far too long! We have been lured by the dreams of every cause under the sun and so we fail even today to stand for the gospel and stand in obedience.

(1) What areas in my life must I recover to the light? (2) Where do I delight in evil deeds? (3) Where can I take a stand up? (4) If the Lord was to return today, what deeds would he expose in my life? Do not be satisfied with where you are. Consider the cross of Christ: he has died to awaken you so that light may shine in your life and walk.

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