His name was Andrew. He was a boy in my church years and years ago. It seemed he was always getting in trouble and was always being brought to the altar to be prayed over.
He often got in trouble at school, at home, and at church. It wasn’t anything major, in my opinion, but if he continued such behavior into adulthood not be a good idea.
I remember telling him more than once, “Before you do something, ask yourself, ‘can I get in trouble for this?’ If the answer is ‘Yes!’, then DON’T DO IT!”
That would be a great question for everyone. What if each person asked that themselves that question? It would change everything.
This morning a former executive is going to prison for 28 years because he knowingly sold salmonella tainted peanut butter by falsifying the lab test results. He also was reported as to saying to ship the product regardless of the testing.
What if he would have asked himself the question?
The answer would have been “yes” and he would have stopped the whole thing, dumped the bad peanut butter, and 9 people would still be alive.
Asking such a simple question could slow you down on the highway. It would keep you from lying or cheating. You would be honest in all of your transactions. There would be no driving under the influence, illegal drug use, or affairs.
It may come as no surprise that God has already given a verse that would lead to similar question that would revolutionize mankind.
Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thess 5:22
If it looks evil – don’t do it! Stay away from it! Avoid it!
I know that everyone has a different idea of what is evil and what isn’t. But since this is God’s word I think God should decide what is evil and what isn’t.
With that in mind then looking on someone in lust is evil. Being angry without cause is evil. To call someone an idiot or fool would be evil.
You would treat your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and to pollute it in various ways would be evil.
So perhaps the better question would be “does this look bad to God?”
If the answer is “yes”, DON’T DO IT!