1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
Sometimes we let our kids make their own sandwiches and I must admit it can get a little weird. Today, Anthony had a ham, summer sausage, and cheese sandwich. Not too strange I guess. Once he made a beef jerky and cheddar one. When it comes to sandwiches, we are pretty boring in our house. We don’t deviate much from the ham ‘n cheese or the PB & J. But there are some folks out there that make some weird ones.
Like a Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich. Really? I’ve heard of the fried bologna and ketchup or peanut butter & miracle whip. (gag) It seems to me that there should be sandwich laws that clearly state which ingredients are not allowed to coexist on bread. It’s a free world, I guess – to each his own. When it comes to sandwich making, everything is permissible, it’s just that not everything is beneficial to the taste buds.
And such is life. As Christians, we have the freedom in Christ Jesus to live life without trying to follow a bunch of rules. The 10 Commandments don’t rule our life, the Holy Spirit does. (I am pretty sure the Holy Spirit agrees with the 10 Commandments, however.) Therefore, just about everything is permissible. And there you have it, the very thing that gets a whole mess of Christians into a mess. Let’s take alcohol consumption for example. If you are over the age of 21, it is permissible to drink it. However getting drunk and passing out isn’t what I would call “beneficial.”
You see, when we engage in things that God clearly guides us to stay away from, we are led to a place of trouble. We know that sin entices and that it eventually leads to death. And when you entertain things that you ought not to be entertaining, those things eventually master you. You may think you are strong enough to engage in questionable activities without being affected, but you aren’t. None of us are. And while God has placed the whole world in front of you, it is up to you (with the leading of the HS) to decide what you will do with it. You’ve got some decisions to make. Put simply:
Just because you are free to make a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, doesn’t mean you should.