christianity ethics


As Christians, we can often be known for what we’re against more than what we’re for.

Rather than being known for being ‘against’ the following things…

  • Smoking
  • Swearing
  • Sex-before-marriage
  • Homosexuality
  • Gambling
  • Drunkenness
  • Slavery

…wouldn’t it be nice to be known for being ‘for’ these things?

  • Health
  • Use of Language to Build People up
  • Respect for the power of Sex to unite/’marry’/join people
  • Body (desires/actions) and Mind (identity/intentions) in good, reciprocal relationship to one another
  • Using money rather than being Used by it
  • Using alcohol rather than being Used by it
  • Freedom

2 replies on “for-against”

This approach has appeal to me. Christianity can at times seem to be reduced to a list of “Thou Shall Nots.” It is nice to cast Christian ethics in an affirmative light. I was wondering, perhaps scripture gives us a balance of the “against” and the “for”. Paul gives us lists of things we are to “put off” and a list of things to “put on”; characteristics we used to display before Christ and characteristics we are now to adopt in Christ. Then again, Paul does seem to say that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God, he doesn’t appear to say that “Body (desires/actions) and Mind (identity/intentions) in good, reciprocal relationship to one another”. Or does he?

Hi Jonathan, sorry was flat out with assignment,
Yeah, for me it’s a both/and. We should be both ‘for’ and ‘against’ things. I do think, however that our ‘against’s should be just the negative side of our ‘for’s.

Yes, Paul doesn’t use my language :) But if we read all of Paul we can (without misrepresenting him) see the link between ways of thinking and ways of acting. And in 1 Corinthians, he does challenge a popular view (or should I say ‘mind’-set) that the “body is for food” with the view/mindset that “the body is for the Lord and the Lord for the body”.

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