I clipped the following from a church bulletin some 20 years ago. A list of helpful considerations when someone says (or we think to ourselves): “I don’t see anything wrong with it. . .”
“examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil”
(1 Thessalonians 5:21b, 22)
Consider these guidelines when determining whether a practice is right or wrong…
Personal test: Will doing this thing make me a better person (or a better Christian)?
Social test: Will doing it influence others to be better or worse?
Practical test: Will the result of my doing it be desirable?
Universal test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?
Scriptural test: Does the Bible endorse it, forbid it or even infer it as wrong?
Stewardship test: Will my doing it constitute a waste of the talent God gave me?
Character test: What will be the influence on my moral and spiritual stamina?
Family test: Will it bring discredit, dishonor and embarrassment to my family?
Publicity test: Would I willing for friends and fellow Christians to know about it?
Common sense test: Does it agree with plain, everyday and ordinary common sense?
Fairness test: Is it honest and is it practicing the Golden Rule?
Problem test: Is it potentially harmful to me and/or others?