Who has never been urged by friends to do something against our wills, against our own best interests, and in violation of our own consciences? A friend says, “Oh come on try it once, you don’t know what you’re missing.”
The reasoning behind such an appeal is faulty to the core. The truth is that you don’t have to try something before you know whether you will like it or not. Those who have never been put in jail for a crime don’t have to wonder whether they would like the experience or not.
The “do your own thing” existentialist view of life is very faulty also. Should you really have to taste the full cup of life before you know what is bad and what is not? Do you really need to participate in the seamy side of life as well as the good life to become a full human being? It is faulty to think that one can experiment with things that endanger the soul and destroy the health of an otherwise intelligent being.
Many things lure all of us into sin. Falling for the stupidity of “Try it, you don’t know what you’re missing,” has led a host of people to take their first “toke” or “joint” of marijuana. That first sip of beer or wine could be the result of listening to the same stupidity. Ask a heroin or alcohol addict how much fun he is having. Ask him if he wishes now he had not been so foolish as to take his first halting steps into the use of alcohol and drugs. Before you fall for such stupidity, remember: “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22, NASB).
Think about just how really dumb it is to do anything without first researching the experience. Here are just a couple of good research questions;
1. Would God approve this?
2. Will this be good for me?
3. How will this affect me now and in the future?
4. It is something I want everyone to know that I do? 5. Will it damage my health?
6. Could I recommend it to others?
7. Will it cause me to violate my conscience?
8. Will it cause me to grow in Christ?
9. Will it hurt my reputation with good people?
10. Why should I do it anyway?