12 Principles of wholesome
Recreation for a Christian
This discussion provides guidelines whereby any recreational activity
can be shown to be either an advisable or inadvisable activity
for a Christian . The problem is not just to find something to
do, but to find suitable recreation in which Christians may engage.
Many varied activities are suitable. A list of about 100 different
recreational activities, suitable for Christian young people was
compiled on a Christian college campus recently. Included were
games,, sports, social activities, music, arts, crafts, drama,
nature study, linguistic studies, collecting and service activities.
Recreation is necessary for a well-balanced life. Mental health
authorities say that balanced living includes work, recreation,
companionship, and religion. Time and energy should be apportioned
to each of these. Many things present themselves invitingly. You
must make a decision about them according to your convictions,
and Christians should base their convictions upon biblical teaching
The following twelve principles can guide you in everyday living
as a Christian:
- Will this activity violate my conscience? Refer-to the book
of Romans 14:22,23. If you offend your conscience because you
do something without faith, to you it is sin. Study your Bible
to assure yourself that what you do is in accord with God's will.
- Will my doing it cause others to fail, or stumble, in their
faith? See I Corinthians 10:23-33. Though one having strong faith
may participate in an activity without offending his own conscience,
he must consider the conscience of another who does not have the
same knowledge and faith. Do not risk leading a weaker, or younger
Christian away from Christ by your example.
- Can I glorify God in my body while doing it? Reference: I
Corinthians 6:19,20. Man's purpose on earth is to glorify God.
Christians know that their bodies belong to Christ.
- Will this put me under evil influence? Read I Thessalonians
5:21,22. You must be constantly on guard so that you are not led
into wrong practices by your friends. If you think you have strong
enough faith to resist temptation, take heed, lest you fall. Read
I Corinthians 10:12.
- Will it conflict with my duty? Read Matthew 6:33. Put God
and his kingdom first.
- If I do it, will it bring reproach on Christ or His Church?
Reference: I Peter 4:14-16. Reproach may fall on you because you
are a Christian, but you should never bring reproach upon Christ
because you behave hypocritically.
- Will my efforts at self-control be strengthened or weakened?
See I Corinthians 9:27. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit
of God which dwells within Christians. See Galatians 5:22-24.
Self-control can be learned. It needs to be practiced.
- Is it work of the flesh? Read Galatians 5:19-21. One may know
what is right, but in a moment of temptation, he may fail. The
Spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Will it arouse the indecent? Philippians 4:8. Reading books
and magazines or viewing television and movies, which create indecent
desires is contrary to Christianity. Paul said, "Whatsoever
things are pure . . . think on these things".
- Will this weaken my influence as a Christian? I Corinthians
10:33. Never violate your own conscience to please a sinful associate.
- Is it legal and right? Study Romans 12 and 13. You should
respect the rights of others and the law of the land. Do not try
to overcome evil with evil. The civil laws are to protect you.
Ephesians 6:1-4. There are young and others who are dead who would
- Does it violate my parent's wishes? Ephesians 6:1-4. There
are young people who would still have their health, and others
who are dead who would be alive today, had they listened to their
parents whom they considered "square".
May God bless you in making these principles a part of your life.
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