Unlimited: Let Us Behave Decently
Sep 21, 2023 254
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy (Romans 13:13.)
Roman society was known for its drunken carousing, immorality and debauchery. Despite their moralistic pronouncements, the wealthy considered this kind of lifestyle to be a sign of success in life. At the banquets of the wealthy, there was a special room to which you would go to induce vomiting so you could go back and continue gorging yourself. It was called, the “vomitorium.” For the lower classes, this was the kind of lifestyle to which they aspired.
Our walk in the world should be decent, as in the daytime.
It is also important to see how Paul ranks dissension and jealousy alongside sexual immortality and debauchery. How many families, businesses, and even churches tear themselves apart through jealousy and dissension, all the time thinking that they are better than those who are in the grip of sexual immorality! Paul is referring to all these kinds of behaviours as “indecent.”
Using three pairs of sinful activities, Paul describes what walking in darkness looks like. Paul draws these behaviours from the immoral society of his day, but they are just as relevant for today: carousing and drunkenness; sexual immorality and debauchery; and dissension and jealousy. Throughout his epistles, it is notable that Paul consistently condemns sexual immorality among believers as a betrayal of the Gospel and as something that destroys the work of the church.
Our walk in the world should be decent, as in the daytime. We are to work the works of light, and not the works of darkness. Which works are you working?