Today’s Scriptures: Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 1 Corinthians 6:13-14
The stereotypical politician has kind of a bad name. Groucho Marx said it this way: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”
Ambrose Bierce, the famous author who wroteThe Devil’s Dictionary,defined politics as, “A strife of interests masquerading as a contrast of principles; the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.”
John Kennedy said this: “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”
The Corinthian Christians were getting political when that really had nothing to do with what they were supposed to be doing. They should have been living godly lives, but they were so distracted. As we read through the book of 1 Corinthians we find that they were distracted by contentions within the church. There was infighting going on, political divides, and other things that should not be taking place in a church.
There was also the distraction of immorality within the church. They were saved by grace, but became distracted, and some had slipped back into things that they used to do. No one was dealing with the sin.
Another distraction was that they were puffed up, or proud of the fact that they were not dealing with the sin. They were also suing each other in the courts. They were going before unsaved judges and airing out their disputes, and it was an embarrassing thing for the cause of Christ.
Finally, they were distracted by their liberty. They had the attitude of, “I can do anything that I want.” Technically that is true. We might have the liberty to do certain things, but perhaps we should not do those things because they may cause a weaker brother to stumble.
Christian, what about you? Are you distracted in your walk with the Lord? Are there things in your life that have taken priority and pulled you away from what is important? Take some time today and ask the Lord to search your heart and show you the distractions that need to go.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.