Psalm 15 speaks of those who are able to stand in the fellowship of God, and verse 4 includes an interesting quality: “In whose eyes a reprobate is despised”. Here we find one of the symptoms of the compromised Christianity of our century: even the people of God today do not despise the reprobate in our midst.
The problem is, many of God’s people today do not despise vile people — instead we even adore them: movie stars and popular musicians who are living perverse and evil lives. Yet instead of despising that lifestyle, we idolize these people, and, if the truth be known, even envy them!
Admiring such people undermines the cause of righteousness in our society. It DOES make a difference how someone lives, and it should impact how we should feel about them as an actor, singer, sport hero, etc. We should NOT separate their morality, philosophy and religious beliefs from the other aspects of their lives.
Admiring the works and deeds of perverse people will make us more acceptable in an ungodly society, but it will alienate us from the one thing that matters more than any other: fellowship with Holy God.