Here’s one of my favorite verses from the Bible:
For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
This is an interesting verse because it’s literally condemning activities that may not be intrinsically evil. That is, it might be permissible for people to engage in a certain activity in general, but it might be wrong for you personally if you can’t do it with a clear conscience and peace of mind.
Why is that? Well, some things are far more important than making a quick buck, fitting in with the crowd, or going along just to get along. Being able to look yourself in the mirror is one of those things. Being able to sleep at night is one of those things. Keeping your integrity is one of those things.
The next time you’re pressed with a moral dilemma or a tough decision, don’t just ask “is it right?” Also ask “is it right for me?”
As another verse in the bible says, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.”
Life isn’t just about what you have the right to do. It’s also about what’s right for you to do.
Once you do the hard work of figuring out what’s true, you have to do the inner work of deciding what that means for you.
At least that’s the way I see it.