Grey Areas


“Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things, in short if anything increases the authority and the power of the flesh over the spirit, that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself.” – Mrs. Wesley, mother of John Wesley – Quoted by Ravi Zacharias.

Let’s face it, sometimes it’s difficult to know what is a sin and what is just stupid.  Not everything that is stupid is a sin.  For instance, it’s not a sin for a bunch of 12 year olds to go outside and throw rocks at each other, but it is stupid.  So, when do we start calling something a sin?  What if the Bible doesn’t directly address it.  Is listening to Secular music (Non Christian) a sin?  Some think so.  But, some also think Christian Rock is a sin because they use pagan-originated drum beats to create the music.

I don’t play the “convictions” game like many people.  Maybe that’s okay for you, but for me I don’t buy it.  I used to preach, “If you are convicted of it, stop it.” But, unfortunately our convictions are changed when our hearts harden.  Our convictions change when we are desensitized.  Some secular music there is no question whether or not it’s a sin to listen to… it just is.  Rap music degrading women (or now-a-days even the rock music has slipped into sexually perverse topics.)  Heavy metal enveloped in “f-bombs” and suicidal undertones.  These things, no question are against God’s will for us to listen to.  Others are up for grabs.  Who’s to say that “When a man loves a woman” is a sinful song?  Or how about “I wanna hold your hand”?

What about movies?  Are all hollywood flicks evil in nature?  No, I don’t believe they are.  There are nice, clean movies that I can’t say are sinful to watch… but you can.  If you watch or listen to something that does any of the things in the above quote, (weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things, in short if anything increases the authority and the power of the flesh over the spirit) then it is safe to say it’s a sin for you to watch it.

What might be sin to one person may not be for another, did you ever consider that?  For one person, eating a twinkie may be a harmless once in a while treat.  But to another who is struggling with gluttony, a twinkie can become worshipping the flesh.

I believe anything that we do that glorifies our comforts and desires above God’s will in essence becomes a sin in our life.

Evaluate your time spent on the internet, watching TV or listening to music.  Take into consideration your eating habits or spending habits.  Do you feel that you are escalating any of these things above your love of Christ?  If so, begin to pray and examine yourself.  You may be unintentionally sinning against God.  Ask Him to reveal what things you need to cut out of your life and those you need to simply lessen.  God is good, faithful and always quick to answer.

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