Or imagine you’re at work and you see a wallet on the floor. You quickly glance this way and that, and then you grab the cash out of the wallet. A little while later you realize that the wallet on the floor belongs to you. It had fallen out of your pocket. Was it wrong to take the cash? On the one hand, it was not wrong to do so. It was your money. But when you took the money you were assuming it belonged to someone else, thus making the action sinful and a violation of conscience.
There are many possible scenarios of this in the Christian life. Maybe you grew up in a Christian tradition that really looked down on dancing. Dancing was seen as something that came from the Devil. Or maybe God saved you out of a partying lifestyle in which dancing was associated with a lot of immoral behavior. Is dancing inherently sinful? No. But for either individual I just described, it could be damaging to their conscience to participate in any kind of dancing. The same could go for playing cards or drinking alcohol or wearing jewelry or doing some work on a Sunday.
Don’t go against your conscience.
There are a few layers of implications here for us. First of all, there’s the very important message to all of us: Don’t go against your conscience. It would be very harmful to go against your conscience. Even if your conscience is not fully informed. Think of your conscience like the sensitivity of your skin and way that those nerve endings can register the feeling of pain. Just think of all the bruises and scrapes and burns you would have if you didn’t have that sensitivity to feel pain. You would destroy yourself.
Well, the conscience alerts us to the destructive power of various things. It cringes when a wrong action is presented before us. It inflicts feelings of guilt when we have done something wrong. And by so doing, it keeps us from destruction. So don’t go against your conscience. Because if you repeatedly go against your conscience, you will become immune to those warnings.