THE FLOOD OF WILD AND DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR

1 Peter 4:3-5 – You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead.

Drunken and immoral behavior is really the order of the day (have you been to an NFL football game lately?). I suppose people feel safe in their bad decisions because ‘everybody is doing it’. Peter’s observation is quite relevant in our world today; when someone gets converted their old friends and drinking buddies are absolutely blown away. Their first response is to try to gently woo you back into the fold. They will make some lame appeal like, ‘you know that Jesus drank wine don’t you?’ Then they will deteriorate to something like, ‘you Christians are all a bunch of hypocrites”. Then they will pull out the old faithful, “don’t judge me, the Bible says not to judge”. After all else fails their true colors rise to the surface, that comes in the form of profanity laced insults. Here is how Albert Barnes describes this.

“In respect to which vices, they who were once your partners and accomplices now think it strange that you no longer unite with them. They do not understand the reasons why you have left them. They regard you as abandoning a course of life which has much to attract and to make life merry, for a severe and gloomy superstition. This is a true account of the feelings which the people of the world have when their companions and friends leave them and become Christians. It is to them a strange and unaccountable thing, that they give up the pleasures of the world for a course of life which to them seems to promise anything but happiness.”

If you experience true conversion this will surely be your experience. I remember two of my lost friends made a feeble attempt to win me back to ‘their side’. Actually they drove all the way from Michigan to New Orleans to try to persuade me to reconsider my ways. After one short conversation they were back on the road headed north. As for me, I am glad I left that life in my youth. I have been spared plenty grief and enjoyed the goodness of the Lord.

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