There’s much talk in Christian circles about gray areas. Some believe there is no such thing, others say there’s black and white issues and gray issues, and still others say all is gray. How do we know what the answer really is?
Often I talk with co-workers about the Bible, Christ and what the Bible says about different subjects. Two co-workers at one job were very liberal and best buddies; they would join forces and try to find any angle to debate and defeat the Bible. Often, they used the term “gray areas.” One of them tried to convince me that a gray area was any area I didn’t know the answer to. I replied, an issue studied would produce an answer; the answer may be, I need more information, but to not know the answer doesn’t equal a gray area. It’s a lack of knowledge of that issue.
I was speaking with a dear Christian brother, new in the faith, about this very topic: gray areas. I was telling him how many believe one way and many others another and he said something I’ll never forget, Lord willing. He plainly said, I don’t know what all of the fuss is about; then he asked me a question: what is gray? He proceeded to answer the before I could respond. Gray is a mixture of black and white, right? I agreed. He continued, white is only possible without any mixing. I was amazed at his illustration. If we add anything to white, except white, it will not continue to be white. Ps 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” And Ps 19:7 “The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.” My friend, yet simple (new) in the faith, had said volumes!
Later in an unrelated study I came across this passage: 1Jn 1:5-7 “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I was reminded of my dear friend and the wisdom and boldness God gave him at just the right moment. Not only did the passage say what he did, but it also speaks to us and our responsibility to live in the light.
More recently I was speaking with a dear friend of the family, a Christian of many years. She believes in gray areas and knows my mother and I don’t. She said gracefully, take for example television, it’s a gray area, some good and some bad. I replied, if I can invite Christ to watch a show with me and I know He’ll approve, I can watch it, but if I can’t, then I shouldn’t be watching it. That’s not gray at all; it’s black and white.
Darkness mixed with the light produces the dimness of gray. Let us not live in a mixture of the world’s ways and God’s, for we are to become like Christ, white. The light God produces in us will then shine out bright in a dimly lit world.