Years ago there were two important questions that were asked about someone to establish where they fit in society. I know this was a southern thing but perhaps it existed elsewhere in some other form. Those two questions were, was the person saved and was the person raised right. The premise was that if the answer to these questions was yes then you could trust this person with a job or on a date.
It was assumed, and rightfully so, that if a person was saved and raised right they would do the right thing. This is the sentiment of 1 John 3:10 I think. “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”
Doing the right thing is a good tip off to the saved and raised right crowd. It is also a tip off to those who have been saved by the blood of Jesus and thus are changed in their behavior. So is the evidence of love. When we see love in action and the right thing being done we usually know we are dealing with a child of God.
What about those who weren’t raised right but still turned their life over to Jesus? They start over as children of God and as they grow in that relationship they have the opportunity to bear the label “raised right.” Jesus and the word will change us. It can turn the sinner into saint. No matter what our life was like before we encountered Jesus we can be transformed and if we follow him we will be transformed. Jesus will save us and raise us right.
Have you been saved? Were you raised right? It’s not too late.
And don’t forget, if you ask the Holy Spirit, He will help you resist temptation and change your life. You’ve got help.