Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 5.
Deliver such a one to Satan? Are you kidding me? That will not look good on us. He might claim we are abusing him. He might sue us. Our neighbors might think we are mean. Society might judge us as harsh and unloving. Yet, between now and the day of the Lord, he might just repent because of this action and on the day of the Lord his spirit will be saved instead of condemned. Not to mention, if the church doesn’t take this action between now and the day of the Lord, he will almost definitely lead others to sin and destruction. No doubt, delivering an impenitent sinner to Satan is painful and fraught with temporal, cultural, societal dangers today. But the Day of the Lord is coming. We need to let the Day of the Lord govern today. And, to be sure, Paul’s application in this chapter is only one of a myriad of arenas in which we need to let the Day of the Lord govern today. I get it, we are living in today, but today will be over in just a few hours. The Day of the Lord will linger forever once it comes. Don’t live for today; live for the Day of the Lord.
Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I have to warn you, the most frowned upon word in our modern American society is “judge.” In fact, it seems to be the only remaining sin for our culture. People can pursue immorality, theft, homosexuality, even murder and we are told to be compassionate. But let someone do anything that seems remotely like judging another or claiming another is wrong for belief and behaviors, and the claws, threats, and shaming come out. It is an interesting paradox that society is allowed to be judgmental of anyone they claim is judgmental. Odd, don’t you think? Certainly, we can be incorrect when we judge that someone else is wrong. That is why our judgment needs to be based on God’s Word instead of our feelings. However, there is a time and place for churches and Christians to judge that someone is in sin, to take action to discipline them, and strive to restore them. The world won’t like it. The judged will often protest. However, there is a time and place for it; if we neglect that, we will be judged.