It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. Ephesians 5:12
You don’t have to look too deeply to see the wisdom in these words from Paul. Recently, the media has been highlighting the seedier side of the celebrity world, with all the force of their hedonistic worldview. Of course, some even openly report these tasteless activities under the guise of being informative and open with their readers and viewers because it is in the public interest.
As believers, we can see through the fog. There is good reason for the sinful lives of people who have become famous, to go without comment. We don’t benefit from the exposure of the sin, do we? And that is what it is, it’s sin. The Bible calls it for what it is, and tells us not to help gossip the sin, because Paul reminds us that it is ‘shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret’.
Did you catch that? Even when these shameful acts are done in secret, or in the privacy of their own lifestyle, we do not have to mention it. In order to protect ourselves from this lifestyle, there are some things we can do or, to be more accurate, not do which will help.
How about not reading those newspapers and magazines which glorify the things that deliberately pander to the senses? How about being more careful with the TV programs we watch where adultery is commonplace and homosexuality is shown as normal? How about the movies we watch, and it doesn’t matter where the film is screened?
In all of this, ask yourself what the church is doing to combat the sinful lifestyle in our nation? We are reminded that the church is not the building. The church is me, and the church is you. What are we doing to try to turn the tide of what is acceptable, and those things which are now seen by the majority as normal? I’m sure God knows we should have a stronger voice from the pulpits of our churches, and more so from the lives of our leaders to start with. At pew level, we do not have to give the oxygen of ever more publicity to ‘what the disobedient do in secret’. It’s not that we can’t do it, more a case of do we want to?