27 An unjust person is an abomination to the righteous,
but he who lives uprightly is an abomination to the wicked.
We have to live in the world. However, we are not part of the world. Oil and water may occupy the same bowl, but they will not attract one another.
18 “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me first.
We can reach out to the world, but they will never become part of us unless God calls them out of the world. This is why believers and unbelievers should not marry. They really do come from two different worlds. Potential failure looms nearby as a result.
14 Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness?
We may occupy the same physical area, but like oil and water, the Church and the world do not mix well. The more important and intimate the matter, the less we should be inclined to deal with the world. While Paul is not referring to business relationships, perhaps before we “be partners” with someone in a business relationship, we should think it through. If they do not honor the Sabbath or the holy days, will it cause eventual resentment? If they are not religious at all, are there other things that can get in the way of trust?
Paul is specifically referring to marriage here. A marriage requires a level of commitment and intimacy that is on a much different level than most human relationships. Marriage is an institution ordained by God.
Another institution God created was the Church. How willing should we involve ourselves in churches that teach things radically different than what the Bible says? A church is supposed to be God’s family in embryo form. Are we forming bonds with unbelievers? If so, how will it affect our own relationship with God? Are we compromising principles by associating with them? These are important questions, and it may even apply to some COG organizations as well!
Like Balaam got Israel engrossed in idolatry, are we allowing ourselves to be allured and enticed by the world’s ways and things? Are we going for the shiny? The feel good aspects of churchianity? Or, are we going in with a commitment equal to marriage because we know the ultimate relationship will be realized at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?
However, we cannot be ashamed of our Husband. We need to temper the truth with love (2Jn 1:3), but at the same time, we don’t need to be hiding our lamps.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
~ Mt 10:33
Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
~ Ro 1:16
So, when people ask you about your beliefs, you don’t have to beat their heads in with it, overload them with 18 Restored Truths or recite off an entire list of fundamental beliefs, but you can speak boldly, being able to give a reason for it all. Just realize it doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted or loved over the message. It doesn’t mean the wicked won’t consider you an abomination in their eyes.
14 But happy are you, even if you suffer because of righteousness! Don’t be terrified or upset by them. 15 Instead, regard Christ as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it.
So, go out and be an abomination today!