If you go on a visit to a sewage farm, and are called upon to analyse some of the contents extracted from one of the lagoons, do not be surprised if it is sewage!
Many Christians, when dwelling upon the happenings of this world, seem surprised that they are messy, corrupt and polluted by sin. What are we expecting? Purity to come out of filth! We must know that the world is a system which is constituted without reference to God. It’s fundamental bent is anti-God. As John tells us the whole world is under the control of the evil one. (1 John 5:19b)
And then there are Christians who seem to take a kind of perverted joy in declaring the wayward mess of the world. They regale you with the latest benefit fraud, and the way people exploit the system. They will tell you how people are getting away with so much in terms of their deceitful and corrupt activity. And they will speak of much more.
This prompts me to join with the injunction of Paul to the Philippians Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8). Let us not wallow in the mire of the putrid detritus of this world.
Oh brothers and sisters let us speak more often of our Savior and His kingdom. His kingdom is a pure and everlasting kingdom. And let us remember Johns’ words about the world Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:15-17).