“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
The question is asked “How far are you willing to go for Christ? How much are you willing to give up?” and Christ tells us to give up ALL we have to follow Him. He doesn’t tell us to pick and choose what to give up and what to keep, he tells us to give it all up for Him. With that said, we are still to love one another but we are not to be unequally yoked.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 16:25
yoke: noun — used of something that represents a bond between two parties.
When asked about babysitting my daughter I am very cautious about who watches her (As I should be. I’m not going to leave her just with any random person, my job as a parent is to make sure she gets treated as something of important value because she belongs to God and God gave her to me to take care of for Him.) but the real problem lies when someone in the family asks to watch her.
If I know they aren’t saved and they don’t live a life that is pleasing to God, why would I let my kid be watched by someone like that? Think of it like this, if you were to let your kid go to see a movie and you had to choose between a G rated movie and a R rated movie for them to see, which one would you choose? It would be a horrible thought to think if you were the parent that let their 3 year old see an R rated movie. Same instance as this though, I wouldn’t want my kid to be around that kind of language and content either and that’s the world’s rating. That’s why so many people are okay with seeing an R rated movie as long as there is no nudity in it. Drugs, Alcohol abuse, language, blasphemy, murder, crime, hatred, blood… these kinds of things are normal in the world so these kinds of things we have become desensitized to in our movies as well.
But would you really be okay with your 3 year old going to be with someone who doesn’t turn away from those kinds of values? I mean, would you allow them to be around someone who doesn’t filter their language and drinks a lot of wine or beer and uses God’s name as a curse word every other sentence. Or someone who illegally downloads movies and music and doesn’t care about the penalties of it? Someone who openly hates others in front of anybody they feel like calling them names and putting them down? I sure wouldn’t want my kid around that. These things are standard when it comes to the world, but these things quickly become forgotten when you become a Christian. You no longer say those kinds of things or do those kinds of things, not just because you don’t want to offend anyone else, but even more so because you don’t want to offend God.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
The truth of the matter is, there has to come a point in your life when you start to think about the eternal. Where you put away your childish lifestyle and start thinking about the future, about the now. You don’t want to be in the same place today that you were yesterday spiritually. You want to be growing and doing better and making your surroundings better and more secure.
Wouldn’t you feel a lot more comfortable leaving your kid with someone whom you knew was a Christian. Who was living a life that was pleasing to God and striving for Him? Sure people will always have their hiccups, no one is perfect, but I feel a lot more comfortable leaving my daughter with someone who doesn’t curse and use God’s name and doesn’t steal movies and music from off the internet. Someone who doesn’t have to have a beer open every time they get home (Or rather, someone who doesn’t have alcohol at all in their fridge) over someone who thinks it’s okay to drink as long as they don’t get drunk.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8
Maybe it’s time for you to clean up some of these things in your life? Maybe you hadn’t really thought about it and you struggle with some of these areas. Almost like they are an addiction (or maybe some of them are). But if you focus on not upsetting God with these things (because they do upset God, just read your Bible and read the verses I’ve provided) and start turning it around because you love Him and don’t want to disappoint Him, these things will be much easier to get over rather than thinking about what pleases YOU the most. Consider accepting Christ as your savior today. Put your faith and trust in Him and what he did for you on the cross. He loves you and died for you. He lived a perfect sinless life and suffered for you, and all you have to do is accept that and repent from your sins which means to understand what these sins are and turn away from them. Will you change your life today? Be born again.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Is it more childish to drink, or is it more childish to think drinking is cool?