“They will speak out passionately against evil and evil workers while commending the faithful ones who follow after the truth.” –Psalm 15:4 (TPT)
When a storm comes, no matter how big, the palm tree won’t stand down. It looks adversity in the face and refuses to be moved. That’s a picture of us as believers living the Psalm 15 life.
As you obey the Word of God and walk in love, it will become easier for you to fulfill the requirement to speak passionately against evil—it will be a natural response from your heart. There is a temptation among Christians today to avoid controversial issues for fear of becoming involved in an uncomfortable confrontation. But Jesus did not advocate this, nor did He demonstrate it in His own life.
As the Church, and as rooted and unshakable Christians, we cannot call evil good and good evil. This includes abortion, same-sex marriage and the opposition to Israel, to name a few. Psalm 15 tells us that the person who may dwell in the Lord’s secret place and cannot be moved is one who will “speak out passionately against evil and evil workers” (verse 4, TPT). They are not silent or passive. They stand for what is right.
Further, the righteous will not elevate those who do evil simply because they are admired in the public eye or happen to be popular celebrities. Uncompromising Christians are just that—unwilling to move with the winds of change in the world around us. That is why “anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4, NIV).
While we oppose evil, living the Psalm 15 life means recognizing and honoring those who are faithful to the Lord and His ways. To honor is to respect, and not criticize or tear down, Christian leaders and ministers, as well as our fellow believers. Did Jesus say everyone will know we are Christians because we go to church? Or because we tell them we are? No. He said they will know we are Christians because we love one another (John 13:35).