There aren’t too many things nastier than a pig sty. They stink and they are filthy. They are sloppy because pigs love slop. They can wallow in the slop all day long and be happy doing it. It is in their nature. It is what they are used to. They know nothing else.
Some of us are living or have lived our lives as if we were in a pig sty. No, I’m not talking about living in homes that aren’t clean, working in dirty places, driving in cars full of trash and spilled French fries, having to live in dirty clothes, not taking baths or living homeless under the bridge. I’m talking about this; is your heart, your mind, your very life a filthy mess? Take a reality check here—are you promiscuous, do you lie, do you cheat, do you lust, do you deny God, do you hate some others, are you indifferent to those who love you, and the list goes on. The question is, who, really, are you? Do you follow the two commands from Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT) or not?
“Jesus replied ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
I lived as if I was a pig in a pig sty for quite a long time. It got to the point where I was no longer happy living in the sty. I begam to sense that life was more than that and I feared that to continue living like that my days were numbered. Can you perhaps relate?
Peter was one of the twelve apostles. He was in Rome in Nero’s time after Jesus’s death when he wrote his two letters in the New Testament. In his second letter he was warning of false prophets and false teachers. Might it have been prophetic in that there are, in today’s times false teachers? They spew such things easy-believe-ism, the prosperity gospel, and Christianity lite. I can’t help but think that what Peter wrote applies not only to the false prophets and teachers, but to those who buy in to their garbage AND to those of us who may be tempted to take the easier road. It’s funny how garbage is the mainstay meal in a pig’s sty and can be in some churches, isn’t it?
On a pig farm, the sty will always be there. Pigs, cleaned up or not will always return to the sty and get filthy again, and again, and again. We are not pigs. We are God’s children. Can any of us say that we have never lived in, or returned to the pig sty for an occasional visit? Clearly, I have, and I will fail and visit it once again I’m sure.
God’s word is the key to staying away from the pig pen, and especially when God’s word is taught by clearly upright men of God—those pastors and teachers who are learned in the ways of the Bible and are humble–the true shepherds.