Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12.2a (NLT)
I cannot, for the life of me, remember where I read it, or who wrote it (memory suggests maybe C.S. Lewis or William Barclay), but the two-liner is:
Throughout my life, and especially in my role as a pastor, I have heard the same droning rationalization for selfish behavior: It’s my life; if I want to do it’s not hurting anyone else.
Let me say that again, slowly and clearly….FAIL!
There is a corollary truth, an upshot with global implications that grows from individuals moving towards heaven or hell with their behavior:
The children are always affected. When a person who is supposed to be an adult, role-model, inspirer, leader, wholesome, always true, dependable…(you get the idea)…when the adult indulges in behavior that is hellish our world changes. Granted, it may only be a drop-in-the-ocean kind of change – but, without question, change occurs.
We move towards hell by millimeters, not miles.
But the change doesn’t always have to be towards hell; behavior that is transformed by God’s Spirit is heaven-like and leaves the world that much better.
In what direction will you move all of us on this planet today?
Heavenly or Hellish – we have a choice.