That’s Not Right!
How do you determine right and wrong? Isn’t it annoying when people come up with their own rules or morals and then force them on others?
But aren’t there some things that should be universally judged as “wrong”? What about things like child abuse? Can we make a moral call on that one?
Even in those times that you are getting mad at someone for being too close-minded and judgmental, you too are deciding what is right and wrong. So, how did you come to that conclusion and who are you to force it on them?
When we talk about human sexuality, this question comes up a lot. Thankfully, the Bible describes sex as a gift from God. It was HIS idea (Praise Jesus). For more on that, see our Desire series. But very few (if any) people believe that every expression of sexuality is ok.
Many people have a common experience in this area. Many men, for example, have experienced strong sexual desires for a lot of women who aren’t their wife. So, what should they do? Follow their hearts? Do what feels right? Have sex with anyone they consensually can? Even then, who decided what was universally right or wrong about consent? Should they marry a bunch of women? After all, who are you to judge who, how many people, and what age of people they can love? They never asked for this desire. It came quite naturally. It is as natural as having a certain eye color.
In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, there is a list of bad things. These bad things get people barred from the kingdom of heaven. The bad news? All of us are in that list. Some people (like me) are in there multiple times! So, in short, we all have desires or parts of our lives that are contradictory to God’s desire. All of us have desires that we need to acknowledge and be honest about, but deny ourselves in acting them out - no matter how natural they are or seem.
So, are you open-minded enough to have your desires contradicted by God?
Before you can fully consider that, consider this: In the very next verse (1 Corinthians 6:11), the Bible says that our identity is no longer in the things we do wrong, but in the forgiveness of Jesus.
Maybe more difficult than being open-minded enough to have our desires contradicted is being open-minded enough to accept the fact that even when you contradict his desires, Jesus looks at you and says, “I still love you.” In the end, it is not about how much right and wrong you have done, but about how much he loves us in the midst of it all. Are you open to that?
By: PAUL GOEKE