Where have all the pious people gone? As a child I remember old people in the church deeply grieved about how the young people were no longer respectful of God. The way we treated Him like a buddy and friend rather than the Judge and Righteous King He is.
I must say it is even worse now as the next generation is more profane than the sailors when I was a child. Piety as a word has all but disappeared in our post-modern language. Piety is presented as a negative word for as long as I can remember. It represented one who was so heavenly minded that they were no earthly good, or too religious.
“Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Matt. 6:1
And when Peter saw it he addressed the people, “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?” Acts 3:12
When we consider that the Greek word for pious is dikaiosun and that it is most often translated as righteousness, we get a new perspective on what is meant.
But seek first his kingdom and his piousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for piousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matt. 5:6
We should seek and thirst for a pious life. Rather than the earthly life that is before us.
The crazy thing is that most of those who fain piety, don’t believe it when they see it is others. However a sinner knows it when they see it.
For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterward repent and believe him. Matt. 21:32
The world must be convinced of piousness, because Messiah is not physically here to do the convincing.
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and piousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning piousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. John 16:7-11
We need to get our pious on.
And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is pious is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34
Now go back through the verses because dikaiosun can also mean just/justice.