Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light
We have no say on the family we are born into. We can not pick our parents, siblings or other relatives.
Deuteronomy 13 is one of those chapters in God’s Word that makes you stop and say, “Did I just read what I thought I just read?”
Deuteronomy 13:6, 10 – If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods”… Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from the Lord your God.
Ephesians 5:8-15 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth, and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise.
God needs people who will take a stand for Him. He needs His children to keep His standards, start with the Ten Commandments, even when dealing with family.
Isaiah 5:20-21 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Some people arrogantly drag their sins around with them. They no longer carefully observe the distinction between good and evil, right and wrong. These individuals do not take God’s Word as their standard, and soon all their moral choices become fuzzy.
1 Corinthians 5:11 – But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral, or greedy, an idolater, or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
We are to distance ourselves from the person who claims to be a Christian, even if this person is a relative, yet indulges in sins explicitly forbidden in Scripture, and then rationalizes his or her actions. By rationalizing sin, a person harms others by their actions.
Galatians 5: 19-20 – The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, and fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Proverbs 1: 10, 15 – My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths.
Proverbs 4:14-15 – Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
Even relatives can make you fall. It is hard to accept the fact that relatives as well as others will lure you down a path of darkness and sometimes just plain evil actions. When you are being heavily influenced to take a path that will lead you down into sin that is when the yellow light should turn immediately red, STOP!
We must learn to make choices, not on basis of flashy appeal or short-range pleasure, but in view of long-range effects. This means steering clear of people, even relatives, who want to entice us into activities that we know is wrong and or evil. We cannot be friendly with sin and expect our lives to remain unaffected.
Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
There are only two paths of life before us, God’s way of obedience or the way of rebellion and destruction. Be sure to choose God’s path because the path you choose determines how you will spend eternity.