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Muddied Waters of Righteousness

I was listening to a podcast this afternoon dealing with doomsday preparation.  I’m not a big proponent of worrying, and so I took what the guy was saying with a grain of salt.  However, he made a point that we in America are a bit removed from knowing how to handle a sewer system failure.  Obviously, we would need to get rid of waste, lest we become diseased from all the bacteria.  His point: most Americans would never think about not dumping upstream.  They’d just go to the nearest point and dump the waste, contaminating the water source for everyone.  Not good!  It should go without saying that people need clean, fresh water to survive.

If you’ve ever lived in an area where there have been lots of rain or perhaps powerfaucet-114442_1920.jpg outages, you may have had a boil warning. Any water that was going to go into your body needed to be boiled first due to contamination and bacteria.  Perhaps you’ve turned on a faucet connected to really old pipes and got a glass full of rusty water.  Maybe you’ve gone to a city fountain and found that it was covered in algae.  All of these scenarios are disgusting.  People need fresh water, not compromised or contaminated water.

Solomon wrote that a righteous person who gives in to the wicked around him is like a contaminated fountain or spring.  His exact words are, “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked,” (Proverbs 25:26, ESV).  Clean water is vital.  So is a clean heart and soul.  When we give in to those around who are begging, tricking, or confusing us to just compromise, we find that the last source of refreshing, pure water has been contaminated.  As believers we are called to live a holy life in the midst of an unholy people.  We are to live as a light in a dark world.  When we give up that holiness for the sake of expediency, we leave the people around us without an example, without a witness.  There is no longer a light shining in the darkness to show the way to Christ.

Like the muddied spring and like the polluted fountain, all is not lost.  One must wait for the dirt to settle and the polluted water to wash away, but eventually the crystal clear, refreshingly cool water will once again appear.  In other words, we will have to wait until our credibility has been restored.  That being said, it is better if it had never been muddied in the first place.  So let us stay true.  Let us not muddy the waters of righteousness.

Spurgeon on Holiness and Evangelism

The following is an excerpt from The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon.  It is one of the best books on evangelism that I have read.

I am sure you would say, first of all, that a man who is to be a soul-winner must have holiness of character.  Ah! how few who attempt to preach think sufficiently of this! If they did , it would strike them at once that the Eternal would never use dirty tools, that the thrice-holy Jehovah would only select holy instruments for the accomplishment of His work.  No wise man would pour his wine into foul bottles; no kind and good parent would allow his children to go to see an immoral play; and God will not go to work with instruments which would compromise His own character.  Suppose it were well known that, if men were only clever, God would use them, whatever their character and conduct might be; suppose it were understood that you could get on as well in the work of God by chicanery and untruthfulness as by honesty and uprightness, what man in the world, with any feeling, would not be ashamed of such a state of affairs?  But, brethren , it is not so.  There are many in the present day who tell us that the theatre is a great school for morals.  That must be a strange school where the teachers never learn their own lessons.  In God’s school, the teachers must be masters of the art of holiness.  If we teach one thing by our lips and another by our lives, those who listen to us will say, “Physician, heal thyself.” “Thou sayest, ‘Repent.’ Where is thine own repentance?  Thou sayest ‘Serve God, and be obedient to His will.’ Do you serve Him?  Are you obedient to His will?”  An unholy ministry would be the derision of the world and a dishonour to God.  “Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.”  He will speak through a fool if he be but a holy man.  I do not, of course, mean that God chooses fools to be His ministers; but let a man once become really holy, even though he has but the slenderest possible ability, he will be a more fit instrument in God’s hand than the man of gigantic acquirements, who is not obedient to the divine will, nor clean and pure in the sight of the Lord God Almighty.