Many people in our culture and society, don’t like boundaries or being told what to do or where they can’t go, even if it’s for their own benefit of protecting them from danger. Many of the things they’re told may not be outlandish or ridiculous to imagine, it’s more like a mine field by telling them where and where not to step in order to keep safe and alive. Society will often tell us we can be anything we want to be or telling us we can do anything we want to do, but they leave off one of the primary statement to make it safe for yourself and for the safety of others and that statement is, within reason. Free personal ad
Within that statement of caution, some might say, I want to become an alcoholic, but my answer to that is no, that’s not within reason. Or I want to become a drug addict, but my answer to that is no, that’s not within reason. Or someone might become a child molester or a rapist, but the answer to either one of those would be, no! , that’s going beyond the boundaries of being within reason. Or children talking back to their parents any kind of way, with no attempt at consistently showing respect for their parents, who’ve provided for and protected them over the years. Of which, is all part of the spirit of lawlessness, as I Timothy 1:9-10 says, (9)Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10)For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
Still concerning within reason, what about a four-year-old child running around and playing in a public library, making lots of noise and disturbing others. Does the child getting to do what he or she wants in spite of anyone else still apply? Or are the posted quiet signs around the library to be adhered to by the parents keeping the child quiet for the stake of the library rules and others in the library? Or what about a child kicking up a temper tantrum at a grocery store or in a shopping mall or a movie theater. Do the rules in those locations apply? Or should they ignore the unspoken rules, so the child or even an adult for that matter can do whatever they want to do or say whatever they want to say, in spite of anyone else? The reason, within reason is so important is, because if there are no boundaries, the dangers of life increase and not only do we hurt ourselves, we also hurt others in one form or another.