4--Temperance is WHAT?!!
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Speak of temperance and most people think of the consumables, mostly alcohol and tobacco, but there is more to it. In addition, the consumables include coffee, tea, drugs and food. But non-consumables such as work, dress and even seeing are also covered. Temperance is such a wide concept that it can be covered only in broad strokes in the space I have here in a few blogs.
But what's the big deal? Why should we bother to follow nature's laws, or--horrors--control our appetites? The basis for temperance is in the injunction to, "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord." In the Old Testament Jewish economy the animals for sacrifice were required to be without blemish; and the above quotation is referring back to that, inferring that we would want to be in the best shape possible, both morally and physically, to receive God's blessing and acceptance as a child of God.
True, God accepts us as we are when we are converted, but Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep My commandments." And the laws of nature are just as applicable as the Ten Commandments, so we don't stay as we were. When we enlist our wills in God's plan, He promises to strengthen us in our walk. Walking infers progress, moving from where we are to a better position, both morally and physically. That's called sanctification, the work of a lifetime. We retrain our appetites, our work habits, our attire and even what we serve our eyes to look at. Like Job in the Bible said, "I have made a covenant with mine eyes not to look upon a maid." Believe me, that takes moral character! Especially when the magazine racks and the "maids" themselves are showing all they legally can. And that is the flip side of the coin. If men shouldn't look, women shouldn't show.
Believe it or not, we're still talking about temperance. It's all about balance. Avoid the bad stuff altogether and be moderate with the good stuff. So what's good and what's bad? Easy! If it hurts you and it's against natures (God's) health laws, it's bad. If it helps you and follows nature's laws, it's good.