Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. (2Pet 2:2 [ISV])
Some people have already made up their mind to do as they wish and live their lives free of God’s will. Often people make wrong choices because they do not have the knowledge of anything better. They do not have other alternatives except that which they have known in their lives thus far. That decision is theirs to make since they have a free will however that is a misguided will. They probably, have not known the goodness that comes with trusting God and depending fully on his guidance; they may not be aware of the goodness on the other side of the coin they are only seeing their side. They would probably make better choices had they had exposure to the truth and the goodness found in it.
The text however seem to refer to those whose choice of immoral ways is a deliberate move. They have had an opportunity to learn of the good and are aware of the bad but have taken their choice for bad. They have replaced good with evil and making it their way of life. No good will make sense to them; their site is marred and is basically turned blind. What would happen if these people are in the place of honor, respect and influence? They will obscure the truth for others. “As Satan endeavored to cast reproach upon God, so do his agents seek to malign God’s people. The spirit which put Christ to death moves the wicked to destroy his followers.” (GC88 p.507) Maligned truth is not only a way to destruction for those living in it, but a means of obstruct others to the right path. Your life affects others beyond your imagination.
Do not imagine for a moment that you are not influential or that your presence is least noted; your influence can be to one person only and that person should be positively influenced. It could be a child, a husband, a neighbor, a student, a at times it could be someone you never imagine is in any way connected to you. Whatever the situation, whoever it may be should receive the right reflection of Christ and his saving grace, should have a glimpse of God’s love. I like the text Matt. 5:16 [KJV] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
By A. Eliamani