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Confusing Messages

By Lee Moses

There are a number of confusing messages being widely propagated through the world today. Many of these are promoted by very well-meaning people who apparently have not considered the logical consequences of their messages. Let the reader consider some of these messages.

1. Drink responsibly.

Is this possible? One loses his sense of responsibility when he drinks. Yet this is the message given in advertisements regularly seen on television. Recommending that one drink moderately, or responsibly, is still a recommendation for him to drink. A far wiser counsel is found in the book of Proverbs: “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright” (Proverbs 28:31). One should make every effort to avoid alcoholic beverages in any amount. Although many people may begin an evening with the full intention of “drinking responsibly,” they often realize the next day that they were far from successful in their endeavor. How can one be demonstrating responsibility when he is purposely consuming a beverage specifically designed to rob him of his good sense?

2. Don’t drink and drive.

This is a slogan widely heard during times of pervasive imbibing, such as the holiday season and the high school prom season. However, is it acceptable for one drink as long as he does not take the wheel of an automobile? By this slogan the idea is given that as long as someone has a “designated driver,” he then has license to designatedly drink himself into oblivion. However, drinking without driving can be just as injurious to one’s health, not to mention one’s spiritual well being: First Corinthians 6:9-10 still teaches that drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

3. Don’t drink or smoke if you are underage.

There are activities in which adults may acceptably take part, yet are unacceptable for children, such as driving an automobile. There are activities which are particularly unsafe for children, but drinking and smoking are neither safe for children nor adults. What kind of message is an adult sending to a child when the adult who drinks or smokes tries to correct the child engaging in these same harmful activities? “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).

4. Practice safe sex.

This slogan truly came into its own when AIDS first became a widespread problem in the 1980’s. Parents and schools alike are teaching children to practice “safe sex.” However, if one is to practice “safe sex,” he must practice sex. The only true way to remain safe from sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual immorality. Strange, but this is exactly what God teaches mankind to do: “FLEE FORNICATION. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6: 18). Is it not possible that God knew exactly what He was doing in I many different aspects when He ordained that marriage was to be between one man and one woman for life? (Genesis 2:18-25).

Those who promulgate these four messages likely have spiritual concerns far from their minds. However, they are not even thinking logically about bodily concerns. They simply promote an option which is not quite as bad as other options. Instead of dancing in the gray area of every issue, Christians “by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14). One does not have to accept confusing messages as truth. If one does become distracted by these or any other of the confusing messages of the world, he can turn to God’s message of absolute truth, “for God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33).



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