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There is a problem that we have in our churches that needs to go away. This problem is not new. Church people have a bad habit of putting words in God’s mouth. They want to put God’s stamp on things that bother or irritate them. They want to say, “God said,” when God really did not say.
For example: Tattoos. Just because you have a tattoo does not mean you do not love Jesus. God does not explicitly say not to get a tattoo. If you want to try and go Old Testament on this one, you first have to look at author, background, culture, who the author is writing to, and the context in which he is writing…you know – so you do not try to make the Bible say something it really does not say.
Dancing. David did it. You probably danced at your wedding reception. Again – No verse in Scripture that forbids dancing. Why is line dancing OK and not all kinds of dancing?
Music. Why is country music OK and rap is not? Have you heard some country songs? There are songs about guns, trucks, divorce, women, jobs and money, smoking and beer. Ever heard of It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere?
Movies. So the only rated R movie you are supposed to watch is The Passion of the Christ?
Drinking. The Bible does not forbid it. The Bible does not say do not drink. It does say, do not get drunk. There is a difference.
Smoking. Cigars, pipes, and cigarettes are not mentioned in the Bible. Is smoking a sin? How do you address this? The Bible makes it clear that we are love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Everything we do is to be solely for the glory of God. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. The question is not is smoking a sin. The question is: Can you smoke a cigar to the glory of God?
What you do is not as important as Why you do it.
It comes down to your heart. If your true desire is to do all things to the glory of God, then that is the measurement for why you do what you do. If your desire is for the glory of yourself, then what you do is solely for your gratification. Why do you do what you do? Pride? Arrogance? Selfishness? To honor and glorify God? Your heart has everything to do with your decision.
Our true passion, desire, reason for doing anything should be Jesus.
If you are a true disciple of Jesus, then you should love Jesus more than tattoos, dancing, drinking, music, movies, smoking or whatever else. Those things should pale in comparison to the King of Kings.
I could go off on a tangent here and tell you why smoking is bad or why you should not watch R movies with nudity in them but I will refrain. You have probably heard all of that before. I will say this:
You will have to stand before God and give an account of your life as will I. Your why…your motive…your heart is very important in why you do anything.
Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:3 that we should not do anything out of conceit…selfish ambition.
Being humble shows that you are not selfish. You can still live life but you have a richer, more meaningful life if you live for something greater than yourself.
Live life to the fullest to the glory of God.