If It’s Not Wrong, Is It Right?

Posted: August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized
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   Logic at times can get in the way of our faith.  Take for example someone seeking the answer to how God spoke and the world was created, or how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survived the fiery furnace.  These questions do not have logical answers, at least to us, and therefore can cause some to turn away from the faith.  So too, the logic of, if it is not wrong then it must be right, can get in the way of our full devotion to Christ.

As humans we like guidelines.  We like knowing when something must be done, or how far one can go without getting into trouble.  Take for example children.  When children are together they like to annoy one another.  In the backseat of a car you have a boy that puts his hand as close as he can to his sisters face, but when she gets mad his reply is, “I’m not touching you.”  Sometimes as Christians, we like to tip-toe the line of right and wrong.

The sacrifice that Jesus Christ made has given us freedom.  A freedom from sin and the Law of the Old Testament.  We no longer have to live by a set of rules and regulations even though we are to respect them.  In Galatians 5:1 Paul speaks on the fact that at one time all people were slaves to sin, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  We are thankful for this freedom, but we cannot take it for granted.

Paul also warns us of this freedom.  I Corinthians 8:9-13 “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols?  So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.  When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.”

We should all have this mindset.  Paul knew that people are tempted in different ways.  Take for example a Christian who listens to secular music and is not affected by it (though I believe all are affected by the messages being transmitted).  Another Christian rides in the car with them and sees that he listens to secular music and begins to listen to it himself.  Then as time goes on he begins to become more devoted to secular bands and seeing their concerts and buying their merchandise than attending church or tithing.  He is also affected by the lyrics of the songs and begins to have a warped faith that places worldly ideas before biblical truths.  If the original Christian knew all of this would happen because he listened to secular music, do you think he would still have put it on when the other person got in his car?  My hope would be no.

Every person is tempted.  But every person is not tempted in the same way.  Music is not wrong.  Does that mean all music is good? No.  Movies are not wrong.  Does that mean Christians should be seeing every movie that comes out? No.  Drinking is not wrong.  Does that mean Christians can drink as much as they want around whoever they want? No.

There are different temptations for each person.  If you have a friend that is a recovering alcoholic do you invite them over for dinner and drink beer and wine in front of them, tempting them to fall back into the addiction?  As Paul said, when we cause brothers and sisters to stumble, we are sinning against Christ.  I Corinthians 10:23-33 touches on this idea.  Verse 23 says, “Everything is permissible’-but not everything is beneficial.  ‘Everything is permissible’-but not everything is constructive.”  Though it may not be wrong to go and see the latest R rated comedy, what if you have been witnessing to someone and they see you going in to the movie and they think to themselves, “I thought Christians didn’t watch that stuff.”  And from that experience you have lost your witness to them forever.

The same is true for drinking, cussing, music, television shows, they way you talk to others, and possibly even the types of food you eat.  If it could cause someone to turn away from Jesus Christ, then it is wrong.  Do not get trapped in the mindset of, “if it is not wrong then it must be right.”  This can lead not only others away from Christ, but it can lead you away from him as well.

Please do not view things as wrong or right in this world because we do not have the authority to determine those things.  Instead view things as glorifying God or not.  If it does not glorify God, then flee from it.  Run away and run to that which glorifies God.

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