As Christians, we must always be diligent to keep ourselves “pure and unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Most everyone understands what this requires, that we keep away from sin and endeavor to fulfill the command in Romans 12:2 to not be conformed to this world. Unfortunately, however, many act as hypocrites, attempting to be pious with the saints, but like “one of the guys” with worldly friends. Can this be justified?
We have the example of David. In 2 Samuel 11, we read of how David sinned with Bathsheba, and attempted to cover it up through the death of her husband. God, however, knew better, and sent His prophet Nathan to sentence David for his sin. He would not kill David for the sin, but He must punish Him because of the following, 2 Samuel 12:14:
“However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”
Why did the child die? Because David had given the enemies of God an opportunity to blaspheme! David’s actions reflected upon God in a most negative way, and our holy and righteous God could have no part in it.
Christians today would learn well by David’s example. Jesus tells us of our nature in Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
When we profess Christ, we must act according to His nature! If we call ourselves Christians, and then we act according to the standards of the world, are we not also giving the enemies of God occasion to blaspheme? Can those of the world see us and not say, “well, he acts no differently than we do and he calls himself a Christian; why, then, should we wish to be a part of Christ?” If this was said of your example, what would you say? What would you do?
We must all diligently strive to serve Christ at all times, equally amongst the sinners as with the saints. We must always make sure that the enemies of God may not be given occasion to blaspheme because of our deeds.