Take the Wicked Away from Your Presence
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. (Proverbs 25:4-5)
We speak and write about basically the same themes here at ACFJ. Why? Because the Bible does, and also because it requires this repetition to get the message across to people. This post is nothing new. It concerns the necessity of putting the wicked abuser our from among our midst, out of our churches, so that the body of Christ will be what the church is supposed to be.
Do you remember Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings and how he put his deceiving words into the ear of the king of Rohan? He held him in the spell of the wicked wizard. Well, that is just what evil in our churches does. Evil doers lie and deceive. They cast a dark spell so that the light of Christ’s truth cannot be seen.
Solomon uses here in this Proverb the imagery of silver. I am no silversmith, but apparently the first thing that must be done in making a silver vessel is the silver must be purified from the dross. I have heated up and melted lead wheel balancing weights before to make bullets, and as those weights melt this layer of grunge floats to the top leaving a very bright, shining liquid. That is what Solomon is speaking about here in respect to silver.
Well, before anything can be made useful in the Christian church, before anything can be made beautiful, the dross has to be taken away. And that dross, says Holy Scripture, is the wicked. Because as long as the wicked are allowed to remain, they are going to work to deceive. We won’t be able to be made to stand firm in Christ’s righteous ways because we will be too confused by evil. We will call evil good, and good evil. We will enable and accept the abuser, and reject the abuser’s victim.
So you have to get rid of the abuser. That’s right. Get rid of him. Put him out. Don’t try to “fix” him or try to “reach his heart.” As long as he is there, righteousness will suffer. Is that not what God’s Word is telling us here? Indeed it is.