Friday, November 15, 2013
Avoiding The Appearance of Evil
The honor code was being followed by my roommates. Still, it is possible that somebody who knew the honor code could look at the window, and wonder. At home I was taught that we should avoid the appearance of evil (and doing something you have promised not to do would be wrong) and so the decoration bothered me. I do not think my roommates were bad for having decorated in that way. They had probably celebrated something with each bottle, and it was more of a happy memory. But eventually, we changed what was in the window.
My thought is simply this. It is good to think about how other people might view something before we do it, and it is most important to ask ourselves if what we do will be a witness for the Lord that we are trying to serve. If we do this, we will be able to "abstain from all appearance of evil" as the apostle Paul counseled. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)