Thursday, January 30, 2014

Where to draw the line?

How many times do we go through life asking the question... how far can I go with this? How do I draw the line for what's appropriate for me? Some things are obvious - don't kill, don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat on a spouse... but what about the fuzzy areas where there is no distinct answer from the Bible such as internet, movies, music, drug use, and so on?

When we come to the "I don't know" areas of life and we look for Biblical advice, there is a lens we can look through, the Philippians 4:8 lens... Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So when we face the unknowns from the Bible, this lens can help us navigate through what hasn't been addressed specifically. So TV, movies, and more can all be put through this lens and if we find for ourselves we can't handle the situation, use the 1 Corinthians 10:13 card -13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

So where do we draw the line? Is it uniform for everyone? No. Everyone is different on issues, for some eating something may be a sin for them, but for others it's not. I know, it's complicated. Let's focus on what we need to do so we don't violate ourselves and cause us to sin. Let God worry about others!    :)

Pastor Andrew
Ask The Pastor Wednesdays at 8, Announcer at LIFE 100.3 - afternoons 1 - 4, Saturdays 12 - 7, LIFE speaker at different churches when asked to go! :)

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