Perhaps you recall in Gone With the Wind (1940) when Rhett Butler told Scarlett O’Hara “Frankly my dear, I don‘t give a damn.” We all gasped in shocked disbelief, while today we yawn at four-letter words and explicit bedroom scenes.
The Law of Psychological Acceptance: “When, in our minds, we habitually tolerate sin, our senses become dulled, thereby diminishing our ability to discern good from evil. Consequently, when faced with choices between the two, we may well choose evil over good, without the slightest awareness of sin or tinge of conscience.”
Because of our magnetic attraction toward that which is depraved, God calls us to nip sin in the bud before we have time to embrace it:
“Abhor that which is evil; cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9b)
“Flee youthful lusts.” (2 Timothy 2:22a)
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” (Proverbs 8:13a)
But we live in an “enlightened age” where tolerance is a mark of sophistication. It seems so uncivilized… so dogmatic to “abhor” or “hate” anything.
Are you mentally tolerating evil by:
- Flowing with the crowd when questionable values are put forth as normative?
- Accepting the notion that you have to bend the rules to survive in business?
- Embracing the idea that it’s OK for a married person to develop an emotional relationship with a friend of the opposite sex?
Remember the story of the camel, who on a cold night poked his nose under the tent and begged his master to let him keep it warm? “Surely allowing the camel to warm his nose isn‘t so terrible,” thought the Arab. Before he realized it, he was sleeping outside and the camel was in the tent.
THE LAW OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ACCEPTANCE.
QUESTION: Given the present TREND in your thinking of either toleration or abhorrence toward sin, what will you be doing a decade from now: LIVING IN SIN OR CONFORMING TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST?