Therefore do not be partakers with them. (Ephesians 5:7)
The Challenge Of Separation
Kermit the Frog sang woefully ‘It’s not that easy being green” because he was so much like the colors of everything else that he blended in. No one would notice a green frog. Harder still is choosing to be different from the world and stand out in a very noticeable way where everyone does see how different a person is by the way they live, the manner of speech and even how they dress. Life can be challenging for the child of God. Acceptance is a normal part of life. From infancy the need for companionship comes from a desire to be recognized by others as equals and to share in the common interest in life. Learning to be a disciple of Christ creates a challenge to be set apart from the norms of society rejecting what are common acceptable behaviors. Sexual freedom has always been what every society presents as a normal part of the human lifestyle. Expressing a desire to enjoy the fleshly pleasures between a man and woman are expected from an early adult age and more often than not encouraged by society. There is very little information about abstinence compared to protection. Proponents of ‘waiting for marriage sexuality’ are in the minority in a world filled with entertainment that propels the sexual union of two people as freedom, expression of love and fun. In a world where marriage is no longer defined as man and woman the sexual freedoms are liberated to encourage same-sex unions. Always promising rewards of pleasure the world entices the heart to fill itself with fornication and uncleanness.
Money is the green that brings more heartache than the woes of Kermit the frog. Covetousness is not a word in the vocabulary of most people but it is the most common heart disease. Lotteries tout the chance of winning millions and millions of dollars to bring untold happiness to a soul that will find more heartache, sorrow and misery in the dollar than anything in their life. There are many temptations that stand before the child of God and the desire to imbibe in some or all of these delicacies of worldly fun seem more than a soul can bear. Obscene, flippant and vulgar talk is the gutter language of the world and Christian’s find themselves wallowing in the mire of such filth. The apostle Paul has a clear and demonstrative admonition for all those who profess Christ: Do not partake of such things nor participate with those who do! Imitating God does not come from fornication, uncleanness covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking and coarse jesting. There is one thing very clear that every Christian must know and understand: following after these kinds of morally corrupt lifestyles and attitudes will send the soul to hell. Paul said it like this, “For this you know that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” That is as clear as clear can be. There is no reservation about the kind of things that will damn a soul to a lake of fire and children of God should not partake in such things nor partake with those who do.
The challenge of separation is challenging to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Those who wallow in the mud with hogs will become just as filthy as the ones they wallow with. Those things that displease the Lord should be avoided at all costs. Matthew Henry writes, “We partake with other men in their sins, not only when we live in the same sinful manner that they do, and consent and comply with their temptations and solicitations to sin, but when we encourage them in their sins, prompt them to sin, and do not prevent and hinder them, as far as it may be in our power to do so.” A clear line of defense must be drawn to keep the influences of evil from our lives so as to not partake of such things. There is to be no fellowship with the works of Satan. Too many Christians are so green like the world around them it is hard to tell the difference in a holy life and an unholy life. They dress like the world, talk like the world and accept the sinful nature of the world. It is not hard to be green because they blend in with the world. Therefore do not be partakers with them. Walk in the light as children of light.