My wife and I are just starting an “allowance” for our kids, more like a chore incentive program. They do their chores, they earn a little spending money. My 5 year old son was looking for his remote control ‘Mater and said it was at the bottom of his closet, which is a nightmare! I told him not to make a huge mess, his reply: “Its ok, if I make a mess I can clean it up and get some money!” I told him that’s not how it works, you can’t create the mess on purpose just to clean it up and get some money.
Paul said something very similar to the Christians in Rome:
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!
We have a gift of grace from God, but if we sin intentionally knowing that we can ask for forgiveness and He will forgive, we are wrong! That’s not how it works! Just like my son with his intentional mess, we also can’t make an intentional spiritual mess and expect to be forgiven! Of course we will all sin and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but if we do our best to walk the Christian walk, and to be Christlike, then God will forgive our sins (1 John 1:5-9).
Its impossible for us to control the words the people around us use, but sometimes we are able to control the people who are around us. Unfortunately we can’t control who our employers hire to work with us or who is admitted to the schools we attend.
For those of us who work in or study in a harsh environment language wise, Jesus has good news for us! In Matthew 15:11 He says, “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person”. Or, its not the things that we hear and see that make us bad people, its what we say and do that define us.
This does not mean the we can surround ourselves with un-Godly things intentionally and not repeat what we see or hear and be ok. Paul addresses something similar in Romans 6:1-2. Paul asks, ” Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” In other words, do you intentionally commit sins because we know that God will forgive us? In verse two Paul answers his own question, “By no means!” This same principal can be applied to who and what we expose ourselves to.
One area that Christians fail in, myself included, is music. The radio can be a horrible thing for you and your children to listen too. Good news is there are some wonderful musicians out there that are great to listen to. Two of my favorites are Acappella, and Faulkner University’s Cornerstone.