Black and White Truth

As much as I believe that there is absolute truth I find myself swimming in a grey world. Here is the latest thing that I am playing with.

So there is a faction of people who feel that Harry Potter is of the devil. As always this isn’t really a debate about that. (I honestly didn’t know that people were still having this discussion until yesterday). What I want to talk about is where do I have to surrender my freedom to keep others from stumbling and where should I try to instruct others and lead them towards freedom.

Let’s take the example from Corinthians. So there are a group of people who eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols because they think that the idols aren’t real so what does it matter what someone else did with it first. Then there is this group of people who feel that eating meat sacrificed to idols is just out right wrong and evil. Paul tells the first group that what they are doing isn’t wrong, but that they should respect the other people who do think it is wrong and forgo eating the meat.

What I want to know is when do you stop forgoing and start teaching that the meat isn’t bad?

If we try to constantly run away from everything that someone thinks is bad we will be Amish before next Tuesday. So where is the line? I mean if someone thinks drums in church is a sin do I keep drums out of church or do I start a dialog and try to help them see that maybe they aren’t so bad? If someone says feels that Harry Potter is evil should I simply stop watching it because it will hurt what people feel about me or should I try to educate people on the truth? 

This is just something that has always been in my head and I wanted to know what my esteemed blog readers felt on the subject. (Don’t forget this isn’t a place to discuss whether Harry Potter is of the devil, but the bigger issue of freedom in Christ) 

4 thoughts on “Black and White Truth

  • July 16, 2007 at 9:17 PM
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    Gasp! Ahhhh Harry Potter! My virgin eyes!

    Mark 7:4 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’"

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  • July 17, 2007 at 1:05 PM
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    There is an old saying that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. Would Jesus watch Harry Potter or do some of these other things in question? Would we be scared if he was to come back at the very moment we are doing some of these things? Would he be pleased with us? Some need to be careful that they are not using their "Liberty" as an excuse to live worldy. We are in this world but not of it. We must let our light shine in such a way that others around us would not be confused as to whether we are really what we say we are…christains. There are a lot of people counting on us to do the right things and to abstain from wrong things and if we would really be honest with ourselves we would realize that some things are better left untouched. Satan is a distracter, it is his business to get us focused on what we think or what we want. Anything that we put before God is called Idolatry. Someone told me one time that if you have to ask whether something is right or wrong than you already know the answer. By the way, there is a lot that can be learned from the simple life of the Amish, and no I am not Amish! Look these scriptures up:
    James 1:27
    Gal 1:4
    Eph 2:2
    1 Peter 4:17
    It all depends on us! When you weigh these things up to Heaven they really seem like such small things to give up. Some movies and things we allow our eyes to be set upon let visions into our head that will never escape. These things are damaging to our souls. What about all these kids latley that are killing innocent people all because of some video game that they have seen. Young people hold these musicians and games up as their idols. They want to be like them. It is our duty as Christains to show them a better way…to show them that Jesus is the only one we should idolize. I suspect that many of you are teachers and pastors in your church. Do you not know that you will be judged for what you teach your children and that includes the way you live your life in front of them. After all the way you live will be a greater witness to them than any sermon preached. They watch you..someone is being affected by the way you and I are living…are they being affected in a positive way???? God Bless Everyone!

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  • July 17, 2007 at 2:59 PM
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    Thanks for your response, and it is a very good argument for abstaining from things that other have a problem with.

    But it still misses the bigger question: Must we always stop doing things that others think are inappropriate because they feel they are inappropriate?

    Here is another case study to move away from Harry Potter. Say for instance I decide to add visual arts to our worship time because I know that there are a few students who really respond to that type of worship. Someone in the church comes up to me and says "That stuff has no place in the church. Sunday services are for hymns and preaching only. All that other stuff just isn’t right in the house of God."

    Should I, in order to keep them from stumbling, take out the art or should I attempt to educate them?

    (as for the whole HP thing that is a debate for another time)

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  • July 17, 2007 at 7:45 PM
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    In light of your most recent posting I think you should do what the Lord leads you to do. I think that you should try to educate the older saints on why it important to try new things for the younger saints.

    As long as the things you are showing are not ungodly and wouldn’t offend Jesus himself than I say go for it! I bet if the saints that challange these thing were asked if they ever had to overcome these types of adversities the answer would probably be a big YES. God never changes, but the world does and in order to reach them we must be open to new ideas. Unless of course it is your pastor that is in disagreement with you!

    As far as my missing the point I understand where you are coming from it is Rudy’s comment that I was addressing! Worldliness and ungodliness never has and never will have a place in the house of God.You can not twist the word just to make something that is wrong, right.

    I also feel that it is important to be sensitive to the needs of the other saints because after all many of them have many more years of wisdom than we do. The church would not have survived as long as it has if it had not been for them and their faithfulness to God. Just make sure that your "new ideas" are not rebellion in disquise.

    The word says to work out your own soul salvation with fear and trembling. What offends you may not offend me and vice versa, but we need to respect each other and realize that we are all just trying to make it. It doesn’t neccasarily make either of us wrong. We all have been brought out of different things. The sins that I was brought out of may not be the same sins that you were brought out of, therefore what affects me in a negative way may not affect you in a negative way.You want everyone to be in unity in your services though, because without unity all the effort is in vain. God will not move in a service like that.

    Sometimes we need a little more teaching then preaching. Can I get an Amen?

    Keep praying and trusting Gods leading! If God be for us who can be against us????

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