The wrong question to ask yourself as a Christian is “Can I do this?” What do we mean when we say that? Do we mean can I do this and still go to heaven? Will this send me to hell? Is God OK with this? How far can I go?
Paul talked about this in 1 Corinthians 6:12 when he wrote, “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. The folks in Corinth were using their freedom in Christ to willfully sin by committing sexual immorality with prostitutes. He continues in the next verse, The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (verse 13) Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! (verse 15)
We can’t use our freedom in Christ to do whatever sinful pleasure we want because it ain’t gonna send us to hell. YOU CAN’T BE FORGIVEN FOR SOMETHING YOU AREN’T SORRY FOR. According to this scripture the correct question to ask yourself is “Is this helpful to my relationship with God and others?”
Our goal needs to be more than just “not going to hell.” Our goal as Christians should be pleasing God.
Things such as alcohol, food, music, movies, and other things not specifically condemned in the Bible need to be treated with conviction and care. Don’t ask, “Can I do this?” Ask yourself, “Is this helpful?” “Will this master, enslave, dominate, or control me?”
“I’m strong enough!” you might say. But where do you think backsliders come from? They come from people who, little by little, in things that are seemingly unimportant, ignore the voice of God in their own conscience.
I personally do not drink alcohol. I never have. I never will. Not because I think it will send me to hell. I just do not see that it is helpful to my relationship to God or to my reputation as a pastor. That doesn’t mean I condemn anyone else for drinking. But let’s not toot my horn. My drug of choice is food. I have struggled with my weight and health my whole life. And I struggle with overeating. Or lets put it bluntly- the sin of gluttony. My freedom in Christ allows me to eat whatever I want- but that freedom has actually enslaved me. I’m working on overcoming that. I need your prayers.
Not “Can I do this?” But “Is this helpful?” “Will this master, enslave, dominate, or control me?”
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6