Let’s be clear; EVERYTHING we need to know about how to live can be found in the Word of God! Now, there are several issues that may not be specifically or explicitly named and called wrong in the Bible; however, this does NOT mean these things are necessarily right. Let me give you an example. We all know that backbiting or talking about people is a sin and it is not pleasing in the sight of God (Romans 1:29-31, New King James Version). Now in these modern days we have so many different ways to commit this same sin that people in the days of old could not. We can talk negatively about people through television, radio, social media, and even through phone conversations and text messages.
Now just because the Bible doesn’t explicitly say, “Thou shall not talk about people on Facebook or social media,” this does NOT make it right. Let’s THINK ABOUT IT! There are so many different sins and so many different ways to commit them; and the Bible is already a rather long book. Do you realize how much longer the Bible would be if it specifically called out every single way we could commit a particular sin? We must use our COMMON SENSE that God has given us and understand that no matter HOW we commit a sin, sin is still sin! Backbiting is a sin, no matter how it’s done!
No, every single wrong or evil thing may not be named but we can lean on several scriptures that clearly tell us what is GOOD and WORTHY of our thought and action. Philippians 4:8-9 (New King James Version) clearly tells that whatever things are FAIR, TRUE, PURE, and of GOOD REPORT; these are the things we should be thinking on and these are things we should be doing. Then I Thessalonians 5:21-22 (New King James Version) instructs us saying, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” So today I encourage you all to take an inventory of your life and all of your daily practices; whether they are religious, social, financial, or even sexual practices. Ask yourself, do my practices line up with truth, pureness, and goodness?
Now if your answer is No, I urge you to cut those practices out of your life and do NOT let the enemy fool you into thinking these things are pleasing in the sight of God just because they are not called out in the specific way that you may be doing them. Oh yeah, I know this is a lot. It’s going to take some real spiritual maturity for you to consider what I’m saying. So take a moment, pray on it…and THINK ABOUT IT!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.