As pastors, we’re often asked hard questions about how to make decisions. People will come to us and ask, “Can I be a good Christian and still do ___________?”
Sometimes the Bible is clear about how we should answer their questions. But many times, the issue is morally neutral—neither response is good nor bad.
So what do you do?
Here are four questions to consider when helping people make godly decisions.
Will the action be helpful?
Paul tells us that our freedom in Christ means everything is allowable, but he reminds us that not everything is beneficial.
He writes, “‘Everything is permissible for me,’ but not everything is helpful.’ Everything is permissible for me,’ but I will not be brought under the control of anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12 HCSB).
In that one verse, Paul gives us two tests to guide our decisions:
- Will it make me a better person? Many things are not necessarily wrong, but they’re just not necessary. Life is too short to waste on non-essentials,…