How many shades of gray are there in Christian Liberty?
What do you do when you suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the argument, arguing for something that just a few short years ago would have been anathema to you? And how did you get there?
Our society is changing so rapidlythat it makes my head spin, and I’m not talking about the world out there – I’m talking about the world within the walls of Christianity!
Every generation finds itself testing the bounds of limitations placed upon them by the preceding generation. Every young person, at some time or another, will be challenged to defend or reject his or her beliefs. Sometimes they may seem like small, inconsequential issues; however, those are the times when Song of Solomon 2:15 become a vivid reality: it is “the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
More than ever the challenging argument: “but everyone is doing it,” comes into play. Social ills that where not even considered a possibility of having a place in our Christian society are now flaunted all across Facebook, and the world is right there at our elbows cheering us on!
“Why you old fuddy-duddy,” the young person says. “What business is it of yours anyway? I’m not hurting anyone!”
Oh, how wrong you are, dear one!
First of all, you are hurting yourself. You are placing yourself in harm’s way – in the enemy’s camp. (That would be Satan!)
“Sin will always take you further than you wanted to go, and cost more than you wanted to pay.”
If only you could see where you may end up because of that attitude!
Second, it will hurt your future spouse and children. Oh, the regrets that people carry with them all through life because of wrong choices – choices they will not change, often because of pride more than conviction.
Thirdly, it has hurt the ones you love the most: a parent, a grandparent, a friend – the one who gave you good council and you threw it to the wind!
Most of all, it hurts the One who died for you! There is a constant challenge to balance the love of God and the holiness of God. When either attribute is stretched out of proportion, there will be trouble.
If we over stress the holiness of God, life becomes tedious and difficult. We start to feel more like slaves to a taskmaster than children of our heavenly Father. However, when we over stress God’s wonderful love, we become lax in our walk, pulling down the protective walls of holiness; and in so doing, our actions pull down the image of God which we are to be displaying to this wicked world!
Instead of “screwing up our courage” to break out of God’s conforming image, life would be so much sweeter if we would surrender our wills to that of our heavenly Father, forsaking sin in all its shades of gray!
And parents, don’t hide behind the old adage: they’re just sewing their wild oats! Why would you ever allow your loved ones to sew weeds of sin that will only choke the Word out of their lives, causing so much grief and pain?I beseech you [urge you with every threat of my being!] therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1,2