Most people would say that a zebra is white with black stripes. However, there are still several others who would argue this and say that a zebra is black with white stripes. Does it matter? Perhaps no one except for Zoologists actually care. But this old debate got me thinking today. What areas are black and white in Scripture, and what is open for debate? Is it possible that what was once a black and white issue, we’ve allowed culture to shift it into a gray area? I’m not suggesting that gray areas don’t exist, they do, and always will this side of heaven. But what I would like to do in this post is address some black and white issues that several teenagers around me have turned into gray areas.:
Getting Drunk: B&W issue, Ephesians 5:18. And beyond that it is illegal for teens to even drink alcohol at all. (remember this post is aimed at areas teens have turned gray.) So even if you only get “buzzed” and not drunk it is still illegal.
Making Out: The term here is what I believe to be gray. When counseling teens I’ve realized that making out is too broad of a term. I’ve also discovered I can no longer ask teens the “have you kissed her” question and stop there. Teens are smart, and they realize that question is the most often asked question. So if they do everything else, but not kiss, they can tell people they haven’t kissed leading them to believe they’ve been pure in all other areas. Nonetheless, Ephesian 5:3 states, “..not even a hint of sexual immorality.” That’s pretty black and white. Most crime cases can be solved with a hint as small as a hair follicle.
Lying: Once again a black and white issue. It’s never okay. Sure everyone does it, including yours truly, but that doesn’t make it a gray area because we want to justify our actions. Proverbs 12:22.
Laziness: Taking some time to rest and being lazy are completely different. But being lazy is not a gray area, it’s B&W. Some teens I hang out with don’t even see this as a problem, yet alone a gray area. But the Bible is very clear about laziness. Hebrews 6:12. Matthew 25:26
Cheating: Regardless if everyone else in your class does it, it will never become a gray area. Cheating on homework, tests, and papers is wrong. Black and white. This is one area I have seen students shrug off as no big deal. But once again the Bible is very concise about cheating. Deuteronomy 25:15-16.
So regardless of whether or not the Zebra is black with white stripes, or white with black stripes is irrelevant to me. But the fact that all the aforementioned above are black and white tells me one thing. The areas we have made gray where the Bible is black and white calls for repentance. I’ll be the first in line.