We are continuing our study on Philippians 4:8, focusing on whatsoever things are just.
What does it mean to be just? Just is defined as follows: based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair. What does that look like for Christians and what are some ways we can be just in our day-to-day walk with Christ?
Let's talk about morals. The act of behaving according to what is morally right has gone downhill. What was considered the basis of being moral fifty years ago, differs from what is moral today.
Okay, let me go on the record right here and right now to say I cannot stand the saying, Be True To Yourself. Ugh. What about Be True To God and His Will For You? Ahem. I will get off my soapbox now and save this for another post!
Back to being moral. There are morals that are universally accepted. Pretty much everyone feels like it is morally wrong to kill another human being in cold blood or to walk into a bank and rob the place. But a lot of people feel like the morals that are stated in the Bible are just "suggestions" or "guidelines."
Such as lying. It's okay to tell a little white lie, isn't it? Or being modest. Shorty shorts and bikini tops are in fashion. Surely God understands the need to be fashionable? What about watching that show that has a few choice words in it, but is incredibly funny? I mean, it's only once a week, right?
I think it would be a good activity to sit down by yourself and make three lists. On your first list, write down things that are universally accepted to be morally wrong. This list should be easy to create.
Next, write down things that are considered morally wrong by the Bible's definition. This one will probably take a little longer.
Third, write down the things you personally feel are wrong. This list will defer from person to person.
This should help you determine what things you should think about weeding out of your life. Pray, pray and pray some more over your lists. Ask God to help you in the process of removing the things that are a little more difficult and that you want to hold on a little tighter too.
I hope this will help you to think on things that are just. Things that are the right thing to do, no matter if no one is doing them.