The Christian’s Relationship to Morals. Romans 12:1-5. Romans 12:1-5. “ 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. … ”. Romans 12:1-5.
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The Christian’s Relationship to Morals Romans 12:1-5
Romans 12:1-5 “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. …”
Romans 12:1-5 “… 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….”
Romans 12:1-5 “… 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. …”
Romans 12:1-5 “… 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, …”
Romans 12:1-5 “… 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
What Is The Reason For What We See? • Sin is not looked upon as sin anymore • When you compare the shows from yesteryear, you come up with a totally different set of morals. • In comparing the shows from the different time periods it is easy to discover the difference in morals.
Sin is not considered sin • During the 40's and 50's the institution of marriage was still respected by most people. • Abortion and single-parenting was equally almost non-existent • Drinking and gambling were looked down upon as unproductive, no good, and sinful.
Sin is not considered sin • During the 40's and 50's the institution of marriage was still respected by most people. • But look around you today, Sexuality is rampant, Abortion has become a form of birth-control, homes that remain intact are almost non-existent. • Drinking and Gambling have become a disease, not a sin
What Is The Reason For What We See? • There has been a general relaxing of attitudes toward morality. • "allow Lutherans to look favorably on the development of a sexual relationship between a married person and someone other than his marriage partner." (Louisville Courier Journal July 3 10, 1970)
What Is The Reason For What We See? • There has been a general relaxing of attitudes toward morality. • "Every man must decide for himself what is right." • "any act -- even lying, premarital sex, abortion, adultery, and murder -- could be right depending on the circumstances.“ Joseph Fletcher
What Is The Reason For What We See? • Certainly this nation and society was not perfect, but sin was not glorified, glamorized and condoned by the majority of the people. • More so, even though much of this was going on, it was not presented in such a daily format as Television
What Is The Reason For What We See? • Just as Christians do not remain static - they continue to become better as they allow God's word to work in their lives; • so do sinners become worse and worse
2 Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
What Is The Reason For What We See? • Obviously, then, we cannot determine morality from the standards set by men, • So how are we to determine what is morally right and good, so we can be pleasing to God.
What is Morality? • "What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." - Earnest Hemingway • Is this our standard of morality?
What is Morality? • Webster: • (a) "of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior: Ethical. • (b) Expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior. • (c) Conforming to a standard of right behavior.
What is Morality? • Should we use these definitions in determining morality? • One of the best places to go to illustrate this is 2 Samuel 13:1-13
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 2 Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill, for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 3 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 4 He said to him, "O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning? Will you not tell me?" Then Amnon said to him, "I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom." …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 5 Jonadab then said to him, "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill; when your father comes to see you, say to him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat, and let her prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat from her hand.' " …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, "Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand." …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 7 Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying, "Go now to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him." …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house, and he was lying down. And she took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 9 She took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, "Have everyone go out from me." So everyone went out from him. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand." So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon. …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 11 When she brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, "Come, lie with me, my sister." …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 12 But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this disgraceful thing! …”
2 Samuel 13:1-13 “… 13 "As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach? And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”
"for such a thing is not done in Israel" • Leviticus 18:9
Leviticus 18:9 “The nakedness of your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether born at home or born outside, their nakedness you shall not uncover.”
"for such a thing is not done in Israel" • Leviticus 18:9 • It is against God • We must understand there is a standard of behavior
"As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach?" • This was against another human being, made in God's image. • Genesis 1:26,27
Genesis 1:26,27 “Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." …”
Genesis 1:26,27 “… 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'”
Matthew 25:45 “Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'”
1 Corinthians 8:12 “And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.”
"As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach?" • This was against another human being, made in God's image. • Consideration must be given to others, not just self.
"And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel" • It was a sin against himself • 1 Corinthians 6:18
1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”
"And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel" • It was a sin against himself • 1 Corinthians 6:18 • There must be self-control
What is Morality? • C.S. Lewis used the analogy of a fleet of ships or an orchestra to illustrate these principles. • All must be headed for the right port - a common goal • Must be kept in proper relationship - must not collide • Each must be in good sailing condition - good repair.
What is Morality? • Morality, then seems to be concerned with three things. • Fair play and harmony between individuals. • Harmonizing the things inside each individual. • The general purpose of human life as a whole; what man was made for.
The Christian’s Relationship to Morality • The Christian must be a morally good person, but not just by the world's standards.
Christian must be morally good by God’s Standards • Turn our attention first and foremost toward heaven. • Matthew 6:33
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”