It has been my choice since 2014 never to eat McDonalds’ foods. The choice was merely for better eating habits. However, before the year 2014 was to end, Jim and I drove to Selma, Alabama to visit our dear friends who are in their eighties. Jim went fishing early in the morning that next day after we arrived with Joe. Meryl and I made plans the night before to go to breakfast together in the morning. Being in a small southern town, I was looking forward to enjoying some great southern cooking for breakfast. As we drove through the town, Meryl pulls into McDonalds. I was screaming in my mind, “Oh, no, I didn’t plan on coming here again.” Did I say anything to Meryl? Absolutely not! I ate my egg McMuffin and enjoyed our time together.
Paul says that we can sin against our brothers…thus sinning against God (1 Corinthians 8:11, 12). Not hurting Meryl’s feelings was more important to me than a food choice I had made. We will answer to God for our actions, but we will also answer to God how we have treated others.
“For I was hungry and you have me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, and I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you. And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:35-40).
What a sobering verse to realize that our actions toward others speak volumes to whom we serve. Is it the God of self or the God of the universe? I have not had McDonalds since that time, but if I am going to sin against my brother, order me up a Big Mac!