When we become a Christian, we are a new person, and therefore, we assume a new identity.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17)
5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (1 Thess. 5:5–6)
With this new identity comes a new set of conduct. There are things that we used to do, but we must stop doing. There are things that we thought we couldn’t do, but now we are free to do. With the truth in our mind, we know better about what is right and what is not.
Inevitably, we find ourselves asking ourselves or being asked these ethical questions every day: Can Christians smoke a cigarette? Can Christians have tattoos? Can Christians watch an MA15+ rated movie? Can Christians play violence-ridden video games? Can Christians spank their children? Can Christians eat blood? Can Christians date someone from different faith? Can Christians pick up food from the floor if it is less than 5 seconds? Can Christians…? The list just goes on.
However, please don’t stop asking such questions. The fact that we ask them means that we want to make sure we live rightly, and that’s a really good thing. So, let me share with you a few guidelines (far from comprehensive, of course) that I personally use to help me make moral decisions.