—Leviticus 11:45-47 (NASB)
Why do we engage in discussions of how to make church more "professional" in its production values? The argument, "Music should be as good in church as anywhere else" and "Visitors have higher expectations today than in the past" please the earthly ear but fall short when measured against biblical truth. These and similar arguments fail to "make a distinction between the unclean and the clean". In fact, they blur the line to the point of actually making the statement that the "unclean" is the best way to go because it looks and feels best.
The Law concerning clean and unclean foods provided in Leviticus 11 has application far beyond just designating what is "kosher" and what is not. Throughout Scripture, the activities associated with eating are often lessons about guarding against the admission of bad and false teaching into one's life and clinging to the good. Christ Himself states,
—John 6:27 (NASB)
When we no longer "make a distinction between the unclean and the clean", we have not just lost the battle, but have given our appetite over to worthless teaching, forsaking the spiritual sustenance of His Word for something that only temporarily satisfies. The real measure by which we can know our spiritual effectiveness is not by the degree to which we accommodate, compromise, or tolerate, but how clearly a distinction all can see between the Light of God at work within us versus the darkness of giving in to conformity. We have to make a distinction because we are called to do so.†††