Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Revelation 22:11 ESV
I remember singing a spiritual song in a university choir that echoed this verse at one point. My gay friend commented on what a logical statement it is. Instead of wringing His hands over the evil in the world, God says He’ll let the evildoer still do evil. But there’ll still be a reckoning.
They say cleanliness is next to godliness, but “filthiness” here isn’t talking about the physical but the spiritual. We sometimes talk about people’s filthy language. But thoughts and actions can be filthy too.
There’s a logic about evildoers and the filthy carrying on as they are. But righteousness means going against the tide. God calls the righteous to remain so. We are to remain in the righteousness of Christ, doing the good that He’s prepared in advance for us to do.
If God has set us apart to be His own precious possession, so we are to be. We were like diamonds in the rough that God dug out and cleaned up. So we’re not to go back to the muck and mire of wrongdoing having been set apart for righteousness.
“Mighty Lord, may we be true, not necessarily to ourselves, evil as we are by nature, but to what You have called us to. Thank You that in Christ we can be righteous and holy, to the praise of Your glory, amen”