For the LORD detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence.
Proverbs 3:32 gives a false sense of security. Read it and think, “Well, I’m not a pervert,” and go on, assuming everything’s worked out. Seemingly, if I’m not some kind of freaky, weird pervert, I’m taken into God’s confidence.
But it’s not quite that simple. Check out the definition of “perverse”…
1. willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.2. characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition: a perverse mood.3. wayward or cantankerous.4. persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.5. turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.
You can be perverse without being a “pervert.” You can be a great, upstanding citizen and be perverse. You can sit in church every Sunday and be perverse. You can even be a member of your church board and be perverse.
“Pervert” is obvious and everyone hates it. “Perverse” is much more subtle and much more tolerated.
“Perverse” claims to follow Jesus but secretly manipulates the system to get their way. “Perverse” speaks incessently about purity but secretly wallows in lust. “Perverse” is publicly blazing the way for the Kingdom but privately mocking the church and its leaders.
Don’t judge yourself based on what’s obvious. Check your motives and make sure they’re backing up what your mouth is saying.