Recently I was thinking about decisions people make that in our modern day society are not considered wrong but are having a negative impact on their lives. It seems that the common thought now days is “Why Not” everyone is doing it. The other day I questioned a person about something they were doing that was clearly hurting their personal life and relationships. Their response was that what they were doing was not sin.
1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial, (and) not everything is constructive.” (NIV)
At first glance it seems like “Everything is permissible” is a blank check for Gods people. It is true we have been given incredible freedoms but let’s not write the check until we have finished this verse. “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial, (and) not everything is constructive.” The Apostle Paul is saying that there are many things we do in life that are not necessarily wrong there just not necessary. Let me say it likethis, not everything makes for a better life even though its legal. I have discovered that it’s not a matter between good and bad. It’s more of a matter between what’s good and what’s the best. Most of the choices you make in life are not choices between really good and really evil. You don’t get up in the morning and say, “Shall I read my Bible or shall I become an international terrorist?” “Should I pray or become a drug addict?” So what is the real issue here? What is this verse actually saying? That most of the decisions you make are not necessarily wrong, they’re morally and socially neutral in our today’s society.
Can we talk honestly for a couple of minutes? Can we talk about things that are not morally and or socially wrong but they are negatively impacting your life! You say Eddie alcohol is permissible I’m 21 years old now. Your right but it’s destroying your body and destroying your relationships! It’s legal and someday you may be legally dead. You beat the gardener and pool man into the ground on price. It’s permissible but you have destroyed your Christian witness. An elderly couple is confused and driving slow in the fast lane. You blast your horn and confuse them even more. It’s permissible but maybe next time lay off the horn and try praying for their safety. I could give examples like this all day but I think you can see the point.
Are these things evil? No. Are they bad? No. Will they make you a better person? Absolutely not! The question is not, is there anything wrong with it? The question is, will this make my life better?