So I have decided to go a particular direction with my blog. Actually, I have had NO direction for the blog because I have not been writing. Well, it’s time to get after it. Cutting to the chase, my blog will be a weekly submission encouraging Christians toward holy living. Each week I will choose a topic and give you the First Five principles of living it out. It might be the first five that come to my mind…or what I see as the five most important things to say about the issue. Either way, I hope this will be helpful. As usual, I probably will be the one who gets the most out of it. Since all of us daily deal with sin I have determined to give you the First Five on determining right and wrong.
I am glad that Paul tells us “All have sinned…” (Romans 3:23) because, frankly, many Christians fall into the trap of thinking they are the only ones struggling with something. It’s not just that we cannot control ourselves (obviously we DO NOT many times), but that we honestly deliberate the moral classification of an action or thought before us: “Is THIS a sin?” Now, I believe we all should DEEPLY delve into the Scriptures on every issue of life. But there are those moments when you better make a decision pretty quickly before you make a really bad decision. “If only there were some kind of grid to run through with these kind of issues…maybe, five steps or so. ” OK, I have enough melodrama in my house right now with the rise of “Frozen” – let’s just get right to the First Five of determining right and wrong.
1. Start with the obvious. Question 1 – Do I KNOW what is right? “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17
2. Question 2 – Is it helpful? Will this benefit me spiritually, socially, mentally, physically? “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
3. This one demands honesty – Question 3 – Am I a “slave” to this? Does this action or attitude have control over me instead of me controlling it? “All things are lawful, but I will not be enslaved by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
4. Question 4 – Does this offend other people? Are people turned away from Christ if I do this? “If food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:13. Obviously, food is the example. But any issue could be used here.
5. Finally, Question 5 – Does this bring glory to Jesus? Immediate glory. Don’t try to stretch this. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
5 questions. These may save your life. There you go – the first First Five.