The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. –Proverbs 8:13
Do we hate evil? Most people will automatically state that they do. When we think of evilness, we think of the killing of innocent people, being cruel to others, or other heinous actions. But do we hate the other evil that we would consider lesser sins?
Do we condone lesser evils?
Many times we are okay with evil as long as it’s not too bad. We might say, “It’s not something I would do, but if that’s what someone is going to do, then that’s their problem.” The problem with this attitude is that we have just told ourselves its okay if I don’t do it. Later down the road it will become more and more okay in our minds. Until one day, for some, it becomes okay for them to start that sin. Let me be clear, we should not hate the person, but the sin we should hate.
Do we even know what is considered evil?
This is the point I want to discuss a little bit more. Do we even know what is sinful, aka evil? LifeWay Research did a survey and found that 53% of the people found have only read a few passages or less of the Bible.
If we don’t read the book that tells us what is right or wrong, we are never going to know what is evil. If those individuals are rearing kids, and never give an example of being in the word on a daily basis, those children will likely not get the Biblical truth. They will get their moral compass somewhere else, most likely, somewhere that’s not good. Then the moral compass becomes more and more corrupted as the generations go.
As you can see in the above graph, there are many excuses for not reading the Bible more. Maybe you have used these excuses. “I don’t prioritize it,” well at least they’re being honest, but it’s God word, it should be a top priority. “I don’t have time,” only 10-20 minutes a day to read a few chapters, but we have time to watch tv for 4 hours every might. “I’ve read enough of it,” well you can never read enough, each time you read it you will pick up something new that you missed other times. “I don’t agree with what it says,” you don’t agree with God, as John Crist says, you need to check your heart. “I don’t read books,” well I bet you stare at your phone for hours reading stuff on it, there is a Bible app. “I’m intimidated by it’s size,” sometimes I’m intimidated by a foot long sub, but it take it down one bite at a time. “I don’t own a copy,” once again there is an app. “I use other spiritual books,” oh the books written be men going off the Bible? Yeah, I would go straight to the source. Then the “none of these excuses”, the my excuse is so bad I don’t want to say what it is.
There are hundreds of excuses we can make not to read the Bible. But that’s what we need to be reading so we know what is right and wrong. It’s a book we should be reading through our whole lives, not like a novel where we read it once and then throw it on the shelf. Each time through, new insights will be revealed. The Bible references itself so much, that gives new connections every single time read through. It doesn’t have to all be read at once. Reading a couple of chapters a day will do wonders!
As men, if we are going to be leading our families, we need to stay away from evil and not let it in our households. To do that, we need to be in the book that tells us what is evil, and we should hate it and not want to be near it!
Bob Smietana, “LifeWay Research: Americans Are Fond of the Bible, Don’t Actually Read It”, LifeWayresearch.com, April 25, 2017