The world needs to see a living God through a church who shares the Gospel with power. The problem is that much of the church, like Samson, won’t stay away from the “sweet” to protect the “holy.” There are certain things that we shouldn’t touch (sin/lusts of the flesh/spirit of the world) in order to protect our calling and anointing (power). First Peter 2:11 says, Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” Second Corinthians 6:17 speaks to our living set apart consecrated lives, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
There were certain things Samson (which means awe inspiring/distinguished/sun like) wasn’t supposed to go near as a part of his vow of consecration and to protect his anointing. Numbers 6:6 says, “All the days that he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall come at no dead body.” Samson violated this when one day, “…he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother and he gave to them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion Judges 14:8, 9.” He lacked consecrating himself and living separate from the contamination of the world around him.
Consecration isn’t the same as sanctification. Samson was sanctified (set apart for sacred use by God) but not consecrated (he didn’t live right; consecration is our actions and lifestyle to draw nigh or closer to God). Don’t be emboldened in sin just because you have others participate in it with you. Can you stay away from the taste of the sweet (pleasures of sin for a season) to protect the holy calling and anointing in your life? Without holiness we have no power to impact our society or personal strength to resist and oppose a godless culture.