A recent study by Canadian psychologists found “that people who purchase environmentally friendly items feel ‘a moral glow’ that makes them more likely to cheat and act selfishly in their private lives.” In the study, which was a computer game, “subjects were to reward themselves with money based on results. ‘Green’ consumers were more likely to lie about test results so that they could take more money. The green subjects were also six times more likely to just steal money from the envelope.” The explanation for this is that “acting virtuously seems to make people feel they now have a ‘license’ to act unethically and selfishly in other parts of their lives.”
--The Week April 2, 2010 p. 21. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Our lives are to be an open book before the Lord. Because we are righteous in one area, doesn’t give us license to fail to live for God’s glory in every other area.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB77) “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”