All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies. Psalm 119:118
In the process of refining silver, the dross and the pure silver must cohabit. It is at the end that the dross is isolated and then removed.
Though I am called to mingle with others for a time, and though we often appear to be made of the same substance, it’s not always true. Eventually, we will be examined and separated. God will discard the wicked (those who reject Him) like dross. As God’s child, I feel the pain of this kind of cohabitation. It can happen in a subtle and not-so-subtle form.
SUBTLE: Everyone in church looks the same. They carry similar bibles; even tote the latest bible study workbook. It is hard to tell silver from dross. Only Jesus really knows who is His and who is not. Yet, I can feel the spiritual rub when I pray or attempt to fellowship with certain people. They bend the values of the kingdom to their advantage by propagating unconditional love, acceptance, and tolerance. Scriptural concepts, wrongly interpreted, are held over the heads of God’s children who are not prayerfully discerning. ‘Discerning’ is labeled ‘judgmental’ and then false guilt begins to plague the one who should have listened to the Spirit instead of people.
To have to co-exist is uncomfortable and often confusing as I try to fellowship with those who privately reject Christ and use the church as an instrument to gain a platform. The kingdom clash is not perfectly clear as pretenses veil the state of their heart. What I have often chalked up to a personality clash can be far more serious. Dross and silver are in the same pot but not yet separated.
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