Studying the Word of God is my passing of time and putting away worldly thoughts for an hour or so a day, searching for goodies which I can apply to my everyday life. I love to study the word, it makes my day.
There are issues that come up in the secular world that Christians must deal with. There are no-man-land type of things that need clarification. Sometimes we do not want to accept God's word in some of the facts that are relevant on our day.
The Bible does not put out absolutes in certain areas and yet we must be very careful in how we apply some of the principles that God has laid down. For instance, we must be very careful in our dealings with alcohol. We know the dangers and the devastation that alcohol has brought. The pain and suffering, the anguish and fear. Why would a born-again Christian want to even take one drink when it is a controversial commodity. It strips one of his testimony because of the world's outlook of a Christian. If we are to maintain a Christ-like life then we must be willing to abstain from something that is controversial. We cannot afford a brother to stumble, now can we?
I know there are those out there who feel that there is nothing wrong in a social drink but I must warn you that there are those out there who keep watch on us to see if we falter. God says that we are to be a peculiar people. James 4:4 says: "Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God."
The fact is a believer who is the friend of the world, one who is motivated by the world's desires, who is characterized by worldly wisdom, is an enemy of God.
Now I recognize there are many things in this world that are not deliberately anti-God, things that are not openly defiant of God's laws. But in a real way, many of these seemingly innocent desires and activities are ungodly. Why? Because they retard our spiritual appetite and weaken our influence and testimony for Jesus Christ. They compromise our witness.
We may cultivate friendships with worldly people who are wonderful, gifted and charming folks, but who are entirely Godless. In our effort to feel comfortable and try to win them to Christ, we may, without knowing it, lower our standards to their level of conduct. What is the result? Enmity with God.
Gordon R. Shewmaker