The public expression of opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or social conscience is on display every day. Virtue signaling comes in the form of interviews, podcasts, and social media posts. Members of the media, politicians, the socially insecure express moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue. This practice is what Rush Limbaugh deemed symbolism over substance.
Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22.
Unfortunately, many modern leaders practice the philosophy “do what I say, not as I do.” When the camera is off, the true you comes out. You may be able to fake people for a while, but sooner or later your hypocrisy will be exposed. Yet, for now, virtue signal appeases the Cancel Culture from coming after you. This sad state of reality is so shallow, but it serves as a sense of justification and rationalization for many.
We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him]. 19 We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one, 1 John 5:18-19.
While Peter is known for being the most vocal disciple, the one whom Jesus appears to be the most direct in his writing style. According to John, grey areas don’t exist. You’re either living in the light of Christ or residing in darkness. Virtue signaling isn’t an option for Christians. You’re either in or out, with or against Jesus. When you let your actions do your talking, there’s no need for virtue signaling.
by Jay Mankus