“You say, “I am allowed to do anything” —but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.”

1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT

We live in a very liberal time and live by a very lax moral code. If it’s legal we are going to do it. And sometimes even when it’s not legal we will partake. Our line of questioning goes something like this, “Is it good to you? Then do it!” But the real question should be, “Is it good for you?”

  1. You say I’m allowed to do anything but not everything is good for you. You’re right! You are grown but every action has a reaction and every decision has a consequence. Our freedom should not lead us into becoming slaves to our impulses. We have to ask ourselves, “Is this good for me emotionally, spiritually, and physically?” If any of your answers are “no” then you shouldn’t partake.  
  2. I’m allowed to do anything but is it beneficial for me? Let’s take the legalization of marijuana for instance. It’s legal in some states but is it beneficial for those citizens? Some would argue the medicinal value makes it good, but much of the marijuana sold in the distilleries has heightened levels of THC that negatively affect the neurological system. It’s legal but is it beneficial? Heightened THC depletes the testosterone in men, making them less aggressive. Is it beneficial for urban black males who are already socially castrated from seeing themselves defeated through systemic racism and economic injustice to consume something that further represses their initiative to seek out better? We have been set free from the effects of sin through the the death of Jesus. Why would we use that freedom to do what is not beneficial for our continued spiritual growth? 

It ain’t all good!

Dear God,

Give us more discernment to know what’s good for us and what we should avoid. Give us the discipline to turn down good for what’s best. Set our minds on pleasing you and not just ourselves. 

In Jesus’ Name,