Woke & Broke

In the previous text, Paul explained to Timothy that some woke believers are using the law for their advantage and, therefore, out of the wrong motivation. And because Paul is a legal expert in the law, he will explain to Timothy how the law, if these woke believers are not careful and do not adjust course, it could have an adverse effect on them. Here's what he says:

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane — 1 Timothy 1:8-9

 As he explains here, the law is made for three groups of people:

  1. To restrain the unlawful & disobedient.
  2. To reveal the ungodly & sinful.
  3. To rule the unholy & profane.

And the problem with these woke believers is that they will be judged by the very law they are using for their own advantage. Because the law is not for the just, but for the unjust. The law is for those whose motivations and actions are driven by lawlessness.

In our time, what Paul says here, gives me hope. Even in our culture, where new ideas seem to be gaining ground, I know this one thing — that any new ideology that arises against the Law of God will eventually be defeated. Because woke and broke ideas eventually die and break. And the people who proclaim them ultimately consume themselves. All we have to do is trust God's Law and stay out of the way because his moral and natural laws cannot be altered. And in the meantime, we need to bring all our motivation to him, be led by his Spirit, remain under the Law of Grace, and preach this to others.

So consider this today. Where in your life do you need to address sin and embrace God's grace?

ASK THIS: What grace do you need today?

DO THIS: Ask God for his grace.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your grace. 

PLAY THIS: Your Grace Finds Me.

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13 thoughts on “Woke & Broke

  1. Robert Smotherman says:

    Man, this is really happening in today’s church. I struggle with this and because of your choice of topics lately, have taken on a new zeal to stay diligent in following what God has laid in front of us in scripture. Thanks for bringing history into what has come back to haunt many churches today.
    Nothing new, just more close to home. Thank you Vince.

  2. Mike Kimball says:

    It is interesting to me how easily distracted we are by the term “woke”. A minute detail to connect the current twisting, manipulating, and re purposing that moves to entangle us in the details and lose sight of the chief principle. Whenever I see or hear “woke” I thank God that he has made me AWAKE, to rise and walk a new life in a new day!
    Stay focused gentlemen! The devil is in the details, God is in the eternal principles!

  3. Massimo says:

    It’s important to be aware of new and changing social practises and ideologies. We live in a world where everything gets a label now even though the ideas and practices have been around since the beginning of time. Even though the definition of “woke” sounds good and noble, there are those who do use it to their advantage and not out of love and truth.

  4. gary says:

    Woke means being conscious of racial discrimination in society and other forms of oppression and injustice. In mainstream use, woke can also more generally describe someone or something as being “with it.” I believe it is appropriately used in context with Vince’s illustration of Paul’s conversation with Timothy.

  5. gary says:

    Woke: adjective, Slang.(often used in the phrase stay woke)
    having or marked by an active awareness of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights:

  6. Philip says:

    I wish you would stop using the word woke in these daily readings… to me it expresses a misunderstanding of the intent of the term… and honestly takes away from the impact of otherwise helpful readings…

    • Dennis says:

      I think Vince is spot on using the terminology used today as it relates to our understanding of how God’s word is applicable to our world today, it actually makes the text more of an impact.

  7. Mark says:

    So, I’m an old guy and do not understand the use of the word “Woke”. I understand the literal text of Timothy and it’s power but don’t get the interpretation of woke……could someone help me with this?

    • Trent says:

      I am not certain myself. To my understanding “woke” is a slang term to signify a state of awareness to a “new” or underecognized way of thinking or state of living. The “new age” or the progressive folks and their ideas. Perhaps we will get some other more socially educated people to give more insight.

      • Ryan says:

        The term “woke” is absolutely integral to the message. It’s the current movement to replace the Word if God with a different moral order. It is a dangerous ideology that clokes itself with words like justice and equity. It is terribly deceptive. Thank you, Pastor Vince, for shining the light of God’s Word on this!