Because I Can?

As our culture changes, God’s word remains the same. We live in a nation that grants incredible freedoms to its citizens and while some of those freedoms have become limited over time, others have become socially accepted. Things once considered “immoral practices” are now becoming political “rights,” but again, God’s word remains the same.

Paul made it clear to the Corinthian church, that just because one can, does not mean that one should. In 1 Corinthians 6:12, he wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.” Just because some practice is legal, affordable, acceptable, or even promoted in our culture, does not mean that a Christian should participate.

As Christians, we answer to a much higher and more righteous authority than any earthly government because our physical bodies have been joined to Christ. Paul wrote, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” (6:15). Paul instructs the Corinthians to “Flee immorality” (6:18) and goes on to explain that our physical actions need to reflect the unity that we have with Christ, writing, “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Just because our culture, society, neighbors, or coworkers say “yes” does not mean that a Christian should, God’s word remains the same.

Matt Langfield