Be Moderate in All Areas
“Let your moderation be known unto all men.” — Philippians 4:5
It seems that one thing that has been lost in this generation is the sixth sense of common sense. This is the generation of the “left liberals” and the “right conservatives.” The results are that the average American person is neglected. Some churches are “legalistic” or “liberal.” They minister only to those who fit into their methods and regulations. They are governed by rules, rituals and regulations instead of relationships. The sad result is that the average person who is not either of the two is rejected and shunned because “He is not one of us. He is different than us.” The Bible is above all cultures and it does not give preferences to any certain class of people. When the early church had a problem between the “Jews” and “Gentiles” they finally agreed that there was no difference. “But there rose up certain…of the Pharisees… saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. And the apostles and elders… consider of this matter…there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said …Men and brethren…God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:5-9). Today, the Bible only recognizes two groups of people “those in Christ” and “those without Christ.” All who are “in Christ” are no longer considered “Jew” or “Gentile” but “Christians.”
Don’t go to extremes in non-Biblical areas of appearance, attitude, behavior, preferences, standards, policies, or personal hang ups. Let your moderation be known unto all men. “All” means both lost and saved. At a time when many fought communism. John R. Rice said, “If all the communists were out of America, it would still be going to hell.” Be careful about fighting causes instead of presenting Christ. Be willing to use moderation and common sense in non-scriptural areas. Usually “extremists” limit their ministry. Separation usually leads to isolation. You can win the fight and lose the battle.
Seek to have a ministry without extremes