As followers of Jesus, we are commanded to do everything to the glory of God! In 1 Corinthians 10:31 God’s Word directs us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This command seems elementary at first glance; however, the way we live proves otherwise. Many areas in the Christian life make it hard to “do all to the glory of God.” One of those areas is addressed here in 1 Corinthians 10. One of those areas is the controversial topic of Christian “freedom!” What am I supposed to do about the things that are not specifically addressed in the Bible? Are they right? Are they wrong? This church or pastor says it is right while this other church or pastor says it is wrong. What should I do?
If there is no definitive answer to the question of what is right or wrong because our answer is based upon the one who is answering the question, then we may need to ask some new questions when it comes to the area of Christian freedom. In verse 23 Paul writes, “All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up.” When Paul says “All Things,” he is referring to all things that are not covered in the Bible as being permissible. What do we do when nothing is written down?
Instead of asking, “am I allowed to do this,” ask if it is “beneficial or edifying,” Is what I’m doing, having a drink, smoking, watching a certain movie, wearing certain types of clothes, talking a certain way, or going to the Lion’s game, going to be beneficial or edifying? Does my activity/behavior cause spiritual advance or growth in my own life? Does it help me to grow and others be drawn to Christ? (Note: You may have another issue altogether if you enjoy going to a Lion’s game just to watch them lose.)
Does whatever you freely choose to do cause you to stumble in any way? Have you been led to sin because of the movie you were watching or because of the people you were hanging out with? Maybe it has not torn you down or caused you to sin, but maybe it has not caused spiritual advancement either. Does said behavior/activity cause you to grow? Do you love Jesus more because of it? Do you seek and want to know more about God and His kingdom as a result? ALL things are lawful, but not always helpful.
Student Ministries Director