So I am reading an Andy Stanley book, The Best Question Ever. Andy Stanley is making the point that in many areas of our lives there are activities we can engage in that are not wrong. They are not sinful, illegal, or immoral. They are simply unwise. The Best Question Ever is simply, “Is it wise?” His major thesis is “Our greatest regrets and failures are always proceeded by a series of unwise choices.” This is again the idea that failure is not the product of just one bad choice. Failure is the product of a series of unwise steps that brought you so close to that bad choice that there was no escape.
The one thing I found really insightful tonight as I read was an observation that Andy makes about things we say we hate.
“Similarly, teenage pregnancy is still considered a social evil. But again, the activities, fashion, and music that drive adolescents in that direction are not generally frowned upon. Parents fund the very activities that create the context for the act they consider so abhorrent. As long as we take our cues from culture. purity and modesty will always be in the rearview mirror.”
Like the old Batman t.v. show “POW” “BANG” “BOOM”. That was these words resounding on my heart and the hearts of hundreds of parents I know. How many things in my life are paving the way and creating the context for ultimately making a bad choice? As I raise 2 little men am I in any way paving the way and creating the context for bad choices in their life?
Ephesians 5:15-17 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.