If you are like me, you don’t like be around a vicious person and you definitely wouldn’t leave your children with them! You hope that your children would be just the opposite! I looked up the antonyms of vicious (including on Word Hippo) and found that the opposite of vicious encompasses many wonderful characteristics. You likely want your children to have these characteristics that are the opposite of vicious… to be honorable, respectable, considerate, decent, compassionate, comforting and kind. As a Christian I also want them be moral, pure, and virtuous. And, yes, many of my friends may not be Christian and they ARE and STRIVE TO BE virtuous, pure and moral. But Scriptures do tell Christians to be ALL these things that are the opposite of vicious! Yes … All these characteristics are the opposite of vicious (you may check your own antonym source to find even more).
But then (you may be thinking) who would even WANT to be vicious? Surely not anyone in our community, especially our leaders. And you hopefully also are thinking that you wouldn’t support a vicious person as a leader for your city, state or country! And so, you may be just as shocked as I was that a candidate actually publicly stated that it was his GOAL to be vicious.
But this is the word we live in now. When you hear the Republican candidate say something like this, do you cheer him or walk away?
“Now I can be really vicious,” he said to roars of approval from the crowd. (click=> source)
As Christians, we’d see how Scriptures tell us to live contrary to vicious! The Scripture that popped out to me was one that many know (and even memorized):
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
Yes, as Christians, Scriptures tell us to respect authority, and so I do … both the Mayor of my city and the Governor of my State, as well as the President. But Scriptures also tell us to sit and reason… we should test what we see… test what we hear… check if it matches up with Scriptures! And Scriptures also CLEARLY tell us that sometimes God can even remove a leader, as Scriptures tell us regarding Saul as well as Jeroboam and Solomon.
Then Ahijah laid hold of the new garment that was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon and will give you ten tribes (but he shall have one tribe, for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel) (1Kings 11:30-32 ESV)
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” (1Samuel 13:13-14 ESV)
For what does God expect of leaders that he appoints over countries? He wants leaders that “listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments” (1Kings 11:38 ESV).
Walk in God’s ways.
Vicious is not how I see our God.
- Clothe yourself in Christ (Galatians 3:27).
- Clothe yourself in Righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
- Clothe yourself with Humility (1Peter 5:5).
- Clothe yourself with Honor (Job 40:10).
- Clothe yourself with the Armor of Light (Romans 13:12).
- Clothe yourself with Truth (Ephesians 6:14).
- Clothe yourself with Dignity (Proverbs 31:25).
- And clothe yourself with Compassion, Kindness, Gentleness and Patience (Colossians 3:12).
[Read more … click=> Mission of Kindness]
I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)