We have all observed the extraordinary pull of peer pressure on our children. There are totalitarian regimes in central Asia that offer more freedom of thought and expression than junior highers. Joseph Stalin allowed more dissent than these kids! Which is to say that it’s not easy being a Christian young person. And, if we older people are honest, peer pressure affects us, too.
John urges us not to “love the world” (1 John 2:15-17). But how should we respond to activities offered to us? How can we tell if they are wholesome and good for us spiritually? Here are some practical questions to ask before taking part in any form of entertainment or activity: I will assume reasonable intelligence among you, my readers, and that you are willing to do what Paul suggested: To “test everything,” and to “hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Question # 1: Does this activity force me to cave in to the world’s standards? (Romans 12:1,2).
Question # 2: Does this activity place me among evil companionship? (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Question # 3: Does this activity either hurt a brother or lead him into sin? (Romans 14:15). Sorry, our actions do affect those around us. You might wish otherwise, but it’s a fact.
Question # 4: Am I fooling myself into doing something wrong by excusing my participation? We are, after all, most susceptible to our own excuses (Jeremiah 17:9). “The heart,” after all, “is deceitful above all things.” You might fool your folks, and you might fool your minister; just make sure you don’t fool yourself. Believe it or not, it’s easier than doing the other things!
Question # 5: If Christ is really living in me, then could I conscientiously take Jesus with me on this activity? (Galatians 2:20).
Question # 6: Does this activity bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ? (Colossians 3:17).
I ask you, kindly, copy and paste this article, print it, fold it up and put it in your purse or wallet and refer to it when thinking of any activity in which you find yourself.