We live in perilous times. The times in which standing by your conviction based on God’s Word is for ‘fools’. People who defy the corrupted status quo are termed as ‘living in the past’. Modernism tells us, ‘If it feels good, do it’. In an article titled ‘The Pleasure Police’, David Shaw noted that after the sexual repression of the 1950's, the 60's accomplished a cultural revolution, which proclaimed the rights and liberated the prerogatives of pleasure. "If it feels good, do it!" was the moral imperative at Woodstock. Since the advent of Jimmy Carter, the nation has been swept by a counterrevolution. Now the rule is: ‘If it feels good, it must be risky and bad, immoral and dangerous to your health.’
Eve, the mother of humanity was faced with one of the most challenging situations in Scripture. She gives in to the lures of Satan just because, ‘the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom’. She did it because it felt good. How many of us will not succumb to carnal pleasures because they feel good. The world and its pleasures will soon pass away. It is only the sure Word of God that will stand the test of time.
The taste of bribing your way through an issue feels good. Cheating during examination to get an A grade feels good. It feels good to be sleeping around with ‘anything in skirt’. It feels good to be indecently dressed and exposing the vital and soft parts of your body. Taking advantage of circumstances to exploit others feels good. Some have endorsed gambling, horror movies, pornographic movies, rock music, violence on television, wine, fornication, sex orgies etc. There are some sins which we label as negligible. Others we call ‘normal’. Sin is a pleasure and no matter how we might grade it, it is still an abomination in the sight of God. Sin is the greatest pleasure in this world but victory over sin is the greatest pleasure in the kingdom of God.
When we are so full of ourselves to such an extent that it is “Me, myself and I”, we will fall short of God’s grace and favour. Eve thought only of herself and what pleasures she will miss if she abandons a begging opportunity to be like God. What she failed to think of was that, she was already like God (Gen. 1:26). If she had thought of herself in the light of God’s unfailing promises, she wouldn’t have lowered her standard.
Beloved, you are more than “feelings”. You are more than what your friends think you are. You are worth more than how the devil values you. You are the image and likeness of God. Don’t lower your standard to make the enemy happy. Be who God wants you to be. If it feels good for only you, DON’T DO IT. If it feels good in the sight of God, DO IT.