Different circumstances will dictate different conclusions. But a rule of thumb should be to take as little risk as possible. Don’t be careless. Only a small percentage of the contents of rat poison is actually poisonous, but that little bit is deadly! A foot of water isn’t very deep, but it’s enough to drown in! Being too casual about how much danger you allow yourself to be exposed to can lead to utter disaster.
Nowhere does this principle have greater application than in our spiritual life. Paul made a basic statement to this truth when he said, “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22 KJV). He did not say to simply avoid all evil. He instructed us to avoid even the “appearance” of evil. If we will diligently avoid “all appearance of evil,” then we will be much less likely to find ourselves actually involved in evil situations.
Of course, we’re talking about sin. Sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:2) and can lead to our ultimate spiritual death (Rom. 6:23). Sin is so serious that God sacrificed His Son as our Savior to pay the price for the guilt of our sins (Rom. 5:8; Heb. 7:27; 9:26-28). If sin is so destructive, then how much sin should we allow ourselves to participate in? The answer is obvious, isn’t it? We should stay away from sin, all sin! We do not want to place our soul’s salvation in jeopardy.
If we start flirting with sin, dabbling in sinful situations and practices, we run the risk of becoming desensitized to the danger that sin poses to us (Eph. 4:18-19). We don’t want to run the risk of letting our lives become overwhelmed with sin to the point that God gives us up (Rom. 1:24) and lets us believe the lie that sin is good (2 Thess. 2:11-12).
Simply put, any sin is too dangerous to play with!