Friday, June 20, 2014

Jill And Derrick Got Married!

Jill Duggar got married. The Jeub family was invited. They are a family of 16 children and have known the Duggars for a long time. Chris Jeub, the father, wrote, "Millions love and adore the Duggars. They're an oddity just like we are ~ which makes for good reality television, I suppose ~ but I believe there is one underlying value that makes the Duggars over-the-top awesome: NONCONFORMITY."

Paul speaks to us and commands that Christians not look or act like the world, "Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?...For ye are the temple of the living God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate"{2 Corinthians 6:15-17} Christians are called to "come out" and "separate ourselves from them."

The Duggars and the Jeubs take this very seriously. They also take this verse seriously, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind"{Romans 12:2}. They don't care what the world is doing or what they think. They only want to please the Lord.

God does put extraordinary demands upon us. Yes, He forgives us and accepts us into His family if we believe, but He also wants us to count the cost of following Him. He calls children a gift and a blessing and the man is blessed who has a quiver full. He tells us that women should be modest and keepers at home. We should hate what is evil and cling to what is good. We are to be loving, kind, generous, submissive to authorities, etc.

What does being separated from the world mean? It means we do not participate in their evil deeds. We don't watch or do evil things. We don't compromise with the world. We don't try to please and gain acceptance from the world. The only One we want to please is the Lord. Why does He want us to separate from them? Bad company corrupts good morals {I Corinthians 15:33}. 

It means you may need to separate your children from other children. It probably means you need to take them out of public schools. {Children are very easily influenced by others.} It doesn't mean you never have any interaction with unbelievers. It just means you don't do things they do that are not pleasing to the Lord.

Chris Jeub has a blog. He wrote about the Duggars HERE. I encourage you to read it. These are the families we should be looking to for examples on how to live our lives and be encouraged by them. There are very few of them around, unfortunately, but thankfully there are some.

***Would the world look at your life and call you a nonconformist?

Having therefore these promises dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
II Corinthians 7:1