But is it Wise?

“The Bible doesn’t actually say it’s wrong!”

I get this excuse over and over again.

“You can’t show me a verse saying it’s a sin, so it must be okay!”

People expect all the answers to be in black and white. And you know what? It shows they’re lazy. They don’t want to take the time to study and figure it out. And not only that, but I think it’s also because they know deep down what the answer really is, and they don’t like it.

See, if we were to step back and look at it, what’s really happening is that we already want to do (or not do) the thing, and so since the Bible doesn’t have a specific verse or command against the thing we decide that we are good. But we forget the word of God says other things like, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation”, and “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

For example, the Bible does not say it’s wrong for me to wear a bikini bathing suit. Does that mean it’s okay? Absolutely not. Because the Bible tells me things that indicate that it would not be pleasing in God’s sight. I am told that I am not my own, that I am bought with a price. That I am to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be clothed with humility, and not to put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in my brother’s way, etc., etc. I have the capability of taking verses like that and saying, “wow it sure sounds like wearing something like that would not be representing Jesus Christ very well. Maybe I shouldn’t wear it then.”

The point is that people are missing the point. The question is not whether the Bible specifically forbids it. We are so worried about if it is wrong or not, that we forget to ask if it is wise or not. God gave you a brain! You have the Holy Spirit trying to show you what is acceptable in God’s eyes, if only you would listen! You have your own conscience, unless, God forbid, it has become seared with a hot iron.

2 Peter 3:14
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

So I’m tired of the whole “the Bible doesn’t say not to” excuse. Because sometimes God’s word doesn’t specifically say not to…

…but is it wise?

~LDC

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