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*A short essay from my current Biblical Studies course: Personal & Social Ethics, Colorado Christian University
I think that C. S. Lewis wrote a whole section on Christian Behavior to remind believers of the lifestyle that Jesus expects us to live. “As Dr. Johnson said, ‘People need to be reminded (of the Golden Rule) more often than they need to be instructed’” (Lewis, 2001, p. 82). The Golden Rule in the Bible states in Matthew 7:12 (New American Standard Bible), “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
The church today knows that we are to obey God’s Word in every aspect of our lives. True committed followers of Christ adhere to God’s wisdom in their decision-making process so that we may bear good fruit that reflect good morals. My Pastor just talked about morals /mindsets this week at church when he spoke about 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NASB), “Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” We cannot continue any longer believing and doing the wrong things that was passed down to us from generations past or adopted from ungodly people we befriend or idolize. We have to renew our mind to the Word by putting on the mind of Christ and focusing on heaven.
Our American society today has no thought for morality because good according to the Bible is written off as old-fashioned and evil, and obvious evils are accepted as good. We see this daily with the LGBT community, Planned Parenthood, radio, television, social media, and out and about (ie. Walmart lol). But believers know not to conform to the world but to be renewed in our minds so that we please God and receive his favor.
The idea “as long as I don’t hurt others, what I do is ok” is not a useful philosophy because any wrong that is done in life has a negative affect on other people and God. Sin is sin and it hurts God and people because God is holy and we are created in his image. The sum total of the Law of Moses, particularly the Ten Commandments, all amount to doing right by God and his people. If anyone breaks a commandment, he is guilty of all the commandments, resulting in offense to everyone. Lewis stated that he cannot obey the Golden Rule until he first learns to love his neighbor as himself, and he cannot do this until he learns to obey God” (Lewis, 2001, p. 87). God placed the laws in order so that people can think wisely before they act. We cannot live anyway we want and expect to live a perfect life. God created man and we are to follow his Word because it will keep us in order (Proverbs 3).
I have been taught that Christian morality is not about obeying God to prevent his judgment, but doing good so that one can truly live their lives as a human. Mankind was created by God for his glory. One cannot live a good life if he does not live for God. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that life is utter meaningless if it is not lived for God. We are purposed by God so it does not make any sense to live outside of his perfect will. Doing good by obeying God’s Word is an absolute principle that will always work out in our favor. As I write this, I keep thinking about a Bible-verse post that I read from YouVersion the other day, or was it yesterday? Any who, the post read Romans 12:1 (NASB), “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” When I read this, I said to myself that this means that we cannot give God any type of worship. God gave us His Son, so we are indebted to give our whole lives to him. Certainly, a godly life will result in many blessings, fulfillment, and much good done to others.
Reference: Lewis, C. S. (2001). Mere Christianity. New York: HarperCollins.
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