Thessalonians 5:22: ‘Abstain from all appearance of evil.’
This was used, in my youth, to explain why you should not, among other things, drink ginger ale in a bar, go to drive-in movies with a girl even if you are completely virtuous, go into a liquor store to buy candy or pretend a Tootsie Roll is a cigar. Maybe some of you could add to this list. The idea was, you shouldn’t even LOOK like you’re sinning, even if you’re behavior is innocent.
One day I came across the scripture and saw a footnote for the word appearance, and it says, ‘GR kinds.’ So according to my LDS KJV, the Greek translates as, ‘Abstain from all kinds of evil.’ I looked at my school’s American Standard Version, and it gives us, ‘abstain from every form of evil.’ Hmm.
Maybe everybody else knew this already. Maybe I misunderstood the warnings about virgin margaritas and having friends that looked like they used drugs in high school. But it struck me as significant that the scriptural justification for giving half a damn about what the neighbors might think appears to be a dodgy translation.