Schizophrenic Holiness

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 13:24-25
Judges 14:1-3

Samson was to be a Nazirite, separated or dedi-cated to the Lord. He was to be holy and live a life set apart from the lives of those around him.

What then is he doing dating a Philistine woman? Doesn’t he see that marrying an unbelieving woman will contradict the spirit of his Nazirite vow? How can he be separated to God when he is joined to an unbeliever? (1 Cor. 6:15-20 expands this thought.)

Christians are set apart by God, and called to be holy (set apart). That does not mean that we pull out of the world, but that we choose our alliances well. For those choosing a marriage partner, the implication is clear. One must choose a dedicated believer. For others making commitments to clubs or business ventures or Saturday night social groupings, the choices may be less obvious.

One thing is clear: When we try to separate part of ourselves to God and part to ungodliness, we end up in a big mess. Samson will show us how big that mess can become.

Discussion: Are you uncomfortable with any of the people or groups you are presently involved with?


Father, give us wisdom as we live in an unholy world. Help us to care for the unbelievers around us and to make an impact without coming on too strong. Protect us from temptation. Through Christ. Amen.