WHICH INFLUENCES YOU MOST?
There is a constant struggle going on. The struggle between God and Satan; good and evil, moral and immoral. Which side wins depends upon you and me. It is not surprising that the moral standards of the world are low, because Satan rules in the world. However, it is very disturbing to observe the moral condition of some who are supposed to be Christians. If a boy or a girl, a man or a woman wants to do a particular thing, the usual excuse for doing it is: “Everybody is doing that now. It is just an accepted thing.” Does that make a thing right or wrong? Who sets the standard “everybody” or God? Sin is progressive. A few worldly people begin practicing a certain thing, a few more follow, and after a while even members of the Lord’s church begin to look with longing eyes at it, and some begin to rationalize, “It must not be so bad, everybody is doing it.” Then, somebody in the church begins practicing it, and after while, the majority of people accept it. To give an example of how things are progressive, take the matter of appropriate attire for worship services. There was a time when all people, especially women, dressed in their “Sunday best” to attend the worship services. No woman would have even considered wearing slacks or pants to church. But gradually when “everybody started wearing pants suits” somebody decided to wear one to a church service—it always begins with the Wednesday evening service. Then someone else wears one, then another, and finally, somebody changes it from a pants suit to slacks and a blouse. Next someone shows up in jeans, then they begin to look worse and worse. I remember seeing some lady at a service during a gospel meeting with what looked like her pajamas, and I’m not sure that it wasn’t! The point is, things progress from bad to worse. That is true in all things. A Christian doesn’t decide one day to follow the trends of the world morally. He slips into it a little at a time.
Who decides what your moral standard will be? Do you decide based upon what God’s word has said about modesty and purity, or do you let the worldly element decide what your moral standard will be? As Christians, why not set the moral standards for your friends to emulate. Be a leader in this matter rather than a follower. “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Rom.12:2).