(Proverbs 20:11 KJV) Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
This “child” (lad NASB) (5288) represents more people than it looks like. The word is frequently translated “servant” or “young”. I think there is the sense of being a trainee as opposed to someone with a lot of experience. The latter part of the verse seems to point out moral conduct as being important to our promotion and advancement.
Does our society look up to the moral person anymore? I doubt it. People tend to look on them as quaint anachronisms. They are to be tolerated as long as they don’t make too much noise. We praise the devious liars whether it is the main character in “I Love Lucy” or the main character in the United States Government. Unfortunately we also see the same tendency in the ranks of the church. We should know better but too many people who sit in the pew have not bothered to spend any time in the instruction booklet. If they had they might consider it as a quaint anachronism.
So? Don’t forget that God has standards. When we stand before the Judgement Seat of God it will not be the ladies from the View looking down on us.