Ignorance does not promote godliness ……… in direct opposition to what you may have been told ……..
I have a friend who enjoys a certain brand of humor that frequently meanders towards the bathroom. Someone mentions the word “poo” which excites a little giggle, then the giggles work their way up to laughter ……….. if you stay in there long enough, it becomes an all out hootenanny!
I hope this example is not too far off the crude chart, but there are certain things that should not be flushed down a toilet. Such as, and the list is not all-inclusive: plastic spacemen, bouncy balls, toothbrushes, small baby dolls, Christmas bows, plastic spoons, and …………….. baby wipes.
“WHAT?!” you say, “You’re not supposed to flush baby wipes?” That would be an affirmative.
Because of multiple babies living with us in recent years, there has been an abundance of dirty bottoms which required wiping. Of course, the convenient thing to do is simply flush the used wipes. Hmmmmm……. wouldn’t you?
After some time, we noticed a foul smell coming from the pipes and some murky water backing up in the basement tub. So we contracted with a plumbing company to clean out our septic tank. What they uncovered was a tank full of baby wipes clogging the system and preventing the water from draining properly. There was a distinct odor of annoyance in the contractor’s voice when he informed me of his discovery………
I just put on my “ignorant” persona and used the excuse, “Well……uuhhhhh, meester plummer, howz wuz I ‘posed to know chew cain’t flursh ’em?”
I didn’t know baby wipes aren’t biodegradable, did you? And you might respond, “Well mister 55-year-old-adult-with-an-education, did you try reading the label on the package of wipes where it clearly says, “DO NOT FLUSH!”
Okay, leaving the bathroom humor aside ……..
2 Peter 3:14-16 NIV
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
I quote the entire section for context, but I’m focusing primarily on the last sentence.
Being ignorant of the truth can lead to disastrous results, case in point, my story above. Peter makes the comment that Paul’s letters contain some things that are difficult to understand that ignorant and unstable people distort and that their misunderstanding leads to destruction. I don’t think Peter meant to insult anyone when he made this remark, he was just stating a fact. The Bible warns that not everyone should be a teacher and that those who are will be punished most severely if they mislead others.
I have had the unnerving experience of sitting in a congregation, listening to some suspect teaching by very well-meaning people. I remember leaving afterwards thinking, “That guy was completely off the mark, his interpretation was wrong.” It’s one of the things that scares me the most about being in a position of leadership, the application of scripture and the responsibility assigned to teachers. I don’t want to be the cause of anyone stumbling in their faith; I could do without the millstone tied around my neck. Matthew 18:6
Peter’s warning is well taken ……… it is easy to distort scripture, even when you do know the truth. If you are ignorant of the truth, it’s even more frightening. All you have to do is look at the list of cults in the world to see how simple it is to sway people’s minds.
So as an encouragement today, make a new resolution to study the scriptures more diligently so that you know the truth and will not be mislead because of ignorance.
2 Timothy 2:15, Ezra 7:10, Ecclesiastes 1:13, Hosea 4:6
My mug is raised – Here’s to the knowledge of truth that God rules my heart AND my mind!
All verse quotes courtesy of biblegateway.com