#131 – Wise & Innocent

Good morning Christ-followers

Romans 16:19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

When it comes to optional reading and education in life, what do you gravitate towards? I think there are some people that spend too much time reading up on the things that they should avoid and avoiding the things they should read. I do not want to be legalistic here but I do want to challenge our thinking. Some Christians know all about the evils in the world; they are avid newspaper readers, know everything about Hollywood and the latest gossip, are experts about all the false religions and know all that is wrong in the world. Are all these things wrong and evil? No (some can be though). Am I saying we should bury our heads in the sand? No.

What I am saying is our focus should be more on being wise about the good rather than being knowledgeable about the bad. There are some evil things out there that you do not need to know about. There are some evils in this world that we do need to be innocent about and ignorant of. I think these two directives go hand in hand. The more you gravitate towards knowing about what is good, feeding yourself on the Word of God and desiring truth in your heart, then the less you will want to know about the things of this world; the pride of life, the lust of the flesh and the evils that God instructs us to avoid and be innocent about,

My dad, David McCracken has often said the way you get darkness out of a room is to turn on the light. I believe the way that we grow in God is to focus on being wise about what is good. The result of this is being innocent of evil.

Honestly ask yourself the following question. Do you know more about the things of God or the things of this world? Be wise and be innocent.