There are a lot of things in our lives that are like that—things that might seem to be wrong but that we do anyway because it’s not that big of a deal. In fact, you might say that there are a lot of grey areas in our lives.
But more often than not, “grey areas” are nothing more than a feeble attempt on our part to make something that’s wrong appear to be right. However attractive, popular, innocent, or appropriate it may look, if God says it’s wrong, then it’s wrong.
You might argue that life isn’t always “black and white.” Granted there are things that can be interpreted differently. But most of the so-called controversial issues that we contend with in our culture are mentioned specifically in Scripture. And it’s in those situations that we can be confident in our stance and perspective because of the absolute truth that we base our convictions upon.
But that’s where we’ll start encountering some resistance, and it’s here where the real issue is brought to the surface. Absolutes have a tendency to make people squirm in that they point to a holy standard—something that’s true for everyone regardless of individual experiences or opinions. To acknowledge that something like that exists provides a logical and easy segue to God Himself. The God of the Bible is not an easy pill to swallow. Many “gods” work out well because it allows man to position himself as the ultimate authority: “I make the rules and ‘god’ either blesses me or scolds me.”
But Jesus doesn’t accommodate that mindset. He is the singular way to God, and He is God (Jn 10:30, 14:6). Good and evil do exist, and the wages of sin is death, not a casual rebuke. That’s the tension that is revealed when we start talking about “grey areas” and absolute truth.