Thursday

Right and Wrong

Romans 12:1-2, Swimwear, morals, cultural peer pressure
I think we've lost touch with right and wrong. 

I've been vacationing this last week, and I'm startled by swimsuit fashions. 

I don't pretend to know the exact line between modesty and immodesty, but some of these swimsuits aren't even close to the line. 

And this is only one of many areas where our culture has lost touch with morality. And that means we Christians must be more determined than ever to know God's Word. 

Our culture is a powerful form of "peer pressure" influencing us through books, TV, public opinion, telling us what's "right" to wear, say, do, and think. And culture almost always appeals to our selfish, fallen human nature.

Romans 12:1-2 says we can't understand right and wrong--God's "good, pleasing and perfect will" unless: 
1. We quit conforming to the culture. 
2. We renew our minds. 

This means refusing to do things simply because they're popular/accepted and studying God's Word to learn what pleases Him. Please pray with me that Christians (you and me included) will quit conforming and keep renewing.

15 comments:

  1. thank you Gayle. Wrong can be so subtle sometimes,that is where renewing our minds would come in I guess

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    1. You're so right. We accept things because we gradually, subtly change our attitudes toward them.
      Gail

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  2. I so see God challenging me this morning on making wise decisions. Thank you for this reminder to live to His standard and not our own.

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I'm glad this spoke to you. It's a good reminder to me as well.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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  3. I so agree with you. How subtly error slips into our lives. I pray that the Lord help me stay on the path He has laid out for me. That He give me the right things to say to family members and friends who do not know Him, so that they may search for Him and His Ways.
    Thank you for this encouragement.

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    1. Hi Regena,
      I agree with you...my prayer is that I'll stay on the Lord's path instead of the culture's path.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  4. Thank you for this, Gail. I was reading a transforming book late last night and came to the part about Romans 12:1-2, and how it can be the template for our sanctification. In my own life, I have slipped up (sinned) at the movies - with Christian family members who don't seem to have the same standards. Something came up on the screen I didn't expect. But I rationalized staying and watching (and not walking out) because my thinking at the time was, "I don't want to offend my friends or make them think I think I'm better than them." (Being honest, here.)

    But last night, while reading, the Spirit of God said, "How about when you offend your Father God?" So convicted, I cried out for forgiveness and for a more focused determination to distinguish right from wrong and make better choices. The result of Romans 12:1-2 should be obedience. The Word says, "...'You shall be holy, for I am holy.' " (1 Pet. 1:16 ESV)

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    1. Hi Dawn,
      I'm right there with you. I can see many little ways I'm reflecting my culture instead of the Lord...areas where I need to be more careful and deliberate.
      Gail : )

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  5. Amen, amen, and AMEN!!! It's so sad to see my family and friends around my age (I'm quite young!) slipping into the state of compromise. Most often they either do not see it or purposely turn their head away and do it anyway! How much we need righteousness to be displayed in our lives!!! Thank you so much for your faithfulness in posting. These are such an encouragement to me!!!

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    1. So glad you are encouraged by this post, Beth.
      You are so right ... we need to live like Believers for our own good and for our witness.
      Gail : )

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  6. I so agree with you! I am praying with you for Christians to keep renewing and not conform to this world.

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    1. Wouldn't it be great if we could be the salt and light we are meant to be?
      God bless you,
      Gail

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