Whatever society makes acceptable, eventually becomes moral. Whatever is biblically immoral stays as that…. God does not change. -Erica Hodge
I know it’s been a while, I have been going through a lot in all facets of my life. However, I felt the desire to blog about the topic of morality.
The other day I was sitting at work and I began thinking about the world’s morals and values and how they seem so warped to most believers. In the world’s system they allow things over time to become acceptable, and after that they most likely become moral. If someone decides aganist that, most often they are persecuted becaue they are “judgemental” however, my own personal morals and values should never be pressed upon another. Nevertheless as a believer we must abide by the word.
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith
We present our bodies as a living sacrifce because it is not easy to live “right” to abide by all the morals and values that should be developed and cultivated through the Word of God and by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It sometimes feels like we are literally dying to self, because our nature naturally goes aganist God’s because we are born sinners. Once one is saved and has been baptised in the Holy Spirit it becomes a little easier.
We when it comes to our morality vs. the world’s God makes it clear, we are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind. This renewnal of your mind is essential to a believers walk. We have usually devloped alot of our morals and values prior to giving our lives to Christ, and even if we grew up in church they still need to be fine tuned.
Just because we grew up in church does not mean we are a part of “The Church”. Some people in the “body” of Christ have the worst view of morals and values because they set them instead of allow God’s word and his spirit help us develop and transform them.
As a result we have “christians” who judge people instead of discern and pray. The latter of verse two says so that you may prove what is the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect.
Being transformed by renewing our minds helps us demonstrate truth, which is the will of God and truth is good, acceptable and perfect.
Transformation is imperative as a believer because we live in the world system and it is easy for a simple thought to inflitrate our morals/values and cause doubt and/or we go along and accept something that could cause us to go down a rabbit hole that misleads us and draws us away from God’s truth.
Truth is, as believers we are not designed to accept what the world accepts…because we have been transformed…
Verse three of Romans twelve goes on to influence us not to think any higher of ourselves than we ought just because we have been “transformed” being transformed does not make us any better, but it allows us to walk in grace knowingly. We are to think in sound judgement, key word is sound, meaning based on reason or sense, I would attribute that to a sound judgement by the leading of the Holy Spirit; I say this because in our own judgement, we tend to compare and contrast, and in that it often times becomes selfish. Then we get into pointing out someones wrongs instead of praying for them that they might see things the way God designed us to see them.
All this because God has alloted to each man a measure of faith. That “measure of faith” means we all have a limit, I believe that implies that we are to be humble, because we too have a limit thus keeping the judging of others minimal, and the praying for others a high priority.
Our morals and values go through a lot of changes, but our check for that is the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. The world is always going to take things that seem unacceptable to us and make it acceptable, and then make it moral, but we as believers we do not change our morals and values to fit society, BUT we should be the example. In the process of being the example, we make sound judgement not do condemn but to lead in prayer and allow God to intervene.
At the end of the day, our job is to pray anyway and allow the Holy Spirit to do the work!