Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
(1 Timothy 3:2-3 (NIV))
What does it mean to be above reproach?
The word reproach means an expression of disapproval or scorn. To be above reproach means that there is nothing that can cause someone to disapprove.
What are some things that we should disapprove of? Perhaps this question should be worded what does God disapprove of? Many people today are shifting what their thinking is on this topic.
Has God changed?
It is us who are changing!
Do we find ourselves trying to justify things in our mind that have been accepted as wrong by the Body of Christ for two thousand years? Do we think that we have a better understanding today because we are more compassionate and better educated than the people who wrote down what they saw God do? Have we allowed two thousand years to make us think that those words that were written in the Old Testament and those spoken by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament are now somehow different from what they meant when they were written?
Who wrote those words?
Who inspired those words to be written?
Did humanity suddenly become God? Since when did we become allowed to change the meaning of words to suit our desires?
I know that this is a touchy subject, but everything that I have read, and I am trying not to be legalistic, points to the simple fact that what we are allowing to be done to God’s Word is wrong. God’s Word is alive. It is intended to change society and not have society change it.
What are we doing?
Are we above reproach in the eyes of God?