Biblical Loopholes

Even though most people view the Bible as being overly restrictive and full of rules, I’ve discovered a whole host of activities that – to the best of my knowledge – are free of any Biblical prohibitions or injunctions. Here’s just a sampling of some of the things you can do without breaking any specific commandments and without risking your salvation:

1.       Roll around in a briar patch in your underwear.

2.       Eat three 7-layer burritos and immediately hop aboard a spinning “Tea Cups” ride.

3.       Kick a hungry grizzly bear in the shins and take his food.

4.       Fill your car’s gas tank with A-1 steak sauce.

5.       Post your social security and bank account numbers on the internet.

We have absolute freedom to do all these things (and many more like them) any time we choose. The question is: Who would want to do things that are so obviously detrimental to their physical and economic welfare? In fact, most people don’t choose such a foolish course of action (they generally do the exact opposite).

Why do I bring this up? Because, more often than not, when someone (especially a young person) asks me a question about a moral issue and how it relates to Christianity, what they really want to know is, “What can I get away with? How far can I go without risking my standing as a Christian?” The questions generally run along the lines of, “How far can I go with my boyfriend/girlfriend and still be ‘okay’? Can I smoke weed and still be a Christian? Can I look at porn and still be ‘saved’?”

As Christians, there are probably all kinds of things we can potentially “get away with”, but we need to ask ourselves – as devoted followers of Jesus – why we would want to? Why would we forge ahead with behaviors that are just as detrimental to our spiritual health as kicking a grizzly bear in the shins is to our physical health? A sensible person goes in the opposite direction of a hungry grizzly bear. (He doesn’t see how close he can get without being eaten). Likewise, a Spirit-led Christian doesn’t try to see what he can “get away with,” he makes tracks in the opposite direction, toward holiness & purity.

1TI 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this [evil], and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Notice that Paul didn’t say “tinker around with evil and hope that godliness (etc…) is somehow magically formed within you.” Christians are supposed to flee evil and actively pursue righteousness (etc…). We would do well to heed Paul’s instruction and quit listening to our “inner lawyer” who always wants to find out how much we can get away with.

 

Eron Elswick

Worship – Grow – Serve

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