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What you see is not necessarily what everyone else sees. Jesus was very concerned about perceptions. He aggressively attacked those with wrong perceptions and took actions to dispel wrong understandings. He even separated himself from those with wrong perceptions, incorrect doctrine or ungodly motivations. We should too.

What you see is not necessarily what everyone else sees. Jesus was very concerned about perceptions. He aggressively attacked those with wrong perceptions and took actions to dispel wrong understandings. He even separated himself from those with wrong perceptions, incorrect doctrine or ungodly motivations. We should too.

People refrain from using expletives in front of their children for a reason, they control their angry outbursts and change whole behaviors in front of their children. Responsible people do not want their children to communicate using these words or act out of anger. Certain families have regular events and rituals that they enjoy to teach their children how important it is to have order and discipline in their lives. Both of these activities teach children morals and character traits to our children. Parents choose not to drink alcohol or guard against discussing certain topics in front of their children. They want to instill in their children a sense of propriety.  Why is it a bad idea for Christians to be involved in certain things?

Moral people do not want their children to be associated with these negative stereotypes, therefore they avoid individuals, circumstances and activities to preserve their children’s innocence in these areas. A perfectly moral God does the same things but on a more grand scale.

We make decisions like these every day for our children but somehow we do not expect our heavenly Father and His Son to act the same way. For some reason, we think that regardless the circumstance because He is God He can forgo all the negative challenges, God can be associated with things through His children that we would never allow in our lives to affect our children. God being God does not mean He has more liberty, it means He more perfectly removes himself from sinful activity, He more perfectly separates himself from the world’s wickedness.

In John 7:10, we see Jesus doing exactly this. Why doesn’t Jesus just go to Jerusalem with His disciples? He is God. Being God He can influence everyone around Him to get the right idea of His messianic mission. It does not matter what people may think, that He should be made King and lead a revolt against Rome, that He is their savior from this oppressive occupation. God can dispel all these wrong ideas with a thought. However, God wants us to come to this determination, He wants us to make the right choice, and He will do nothing to improperly influence our choices. Because He knows the right actions to take to show us and help us make good decisions, He does so. God the Father wants to instill a sense of spiritual propriety in us through His living example in Christ Jesus. You too should take the right godly and biblical actions to dispel wrong worldly ideas.