It’s easy to see the world through a black and white lens. This is always right, that is always wrong, people should never to this…you get the idea.
For the most part, there are certainly actions that, per the Bible, should always be avoided, or encouraged.
However, when we get into gray areas, that is when opinions divide and the Church is left wondering how to act. Unfortunately the Bible is surprisingly silent in regard to certain topics: gambling, birth control, etc.
Just because the Bible is silent does not mean the Church gets a free pass and does not need to think about these topics. However, it can become an issue when people place their opinion of these silent matters on the same level as God’s Word.
Ecclesiastes talks much about wisdom and good decisions, “[t]he wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter” (8:5b-6a, NIV)
If it takes wisdom and understanding to know the best course of action for every matter, then it is probably not obvious what should or shouldn’t be done in the moment.
Therefore, it seems foolish to teach that there is an irrefutable answer on these gray topics. Because it takes personal wisdom for someone to make his or her own decisions based on his or her study of the Bible and the world. It’s not always one size fits all.