Paul gives a wonderful key to living a Christian life in Romans 16: 19… “Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil”. The best defense against sin is to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
Today, diverse thoughts and ideas are presented to the church in a package labeled acceptable; yet they are half-truths. Wise in the Greek translation means “skilled, expert, cultivated, learned” and in this as Christians we should know the scripture which requires one to study the Word of God, daily. Indeed one of the key weapons we have against the enemy’s half-truth is to be fully equipped with Scripture. When Satan tempted Jesus Christ in the wilderness, the enemy used the weapon of half-truth (scripture mixed with lies); but the Lord Jesus Christ overcame him with Truth (Scripture). The only reliable field glasses in this world is the Word of God. So, how often are you feeding on the Word of God? Called to be Wise about what is good.
It is noteworthy, that we cannot be tempted with things we don’t think, dwell on or know about; therefore we have to allow ourselves to be set apart from evil and remain innocent of it all. The Word cautions us that although, ‘we are in this World; we are not of this World’. The Greek word for “innocent” means “unmixed, pure as in wine or metals”. So, although evil is around us all day long; a Christian is called to be pure and untainted from evil. Whatever we see, hear and embrace can easily defile one for example through entertainments like movies, gossip etc. “For as he (man) thinketh in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7. Called to be innocent about what is evil.