Everything Is Permissible

In 1st Corinthians 6 and 1st Corinthians 10, Paul writes to the Corinthian church that all things are permissable for the believer.  

That is, nothing is prohibited in this life if we are walking in faith and love.  Certainly, he qualifies his statements, and, undeniably, there are some things that Our Father hates to see in his children, but let’s slow down long enough to understand why he decided to propose such a preposterous thing to weak, fallible creatures of instinct.

Don’t we need a set of rules to live by?  Won’t we wind up in the ditch if we don’t know the do’s and don’t of life?  

You might think so.

What if you told your child, “Stay by me, do what you see me do, and say what you hear me say?”  Wouldn’t that be far superior than to force them to memorize a list of 200 obligations and restrictions?  

Let’s be honest: How good are we at living by rules and lists?  Also, isn’t it almost imperative that we be given the privilege of learning some things on our own?

And, ultimately, there is a deep truth here: “To the pure, all things are pure.”  Pleasure, possessions, and prominence are not sins.  

It is the “craving” of pleasure and possessions, and the “boasting” of what we have or do that Our Father objects to.  

Our Father wants us to enjoy life, and that includes all of its pleasures, possessions, and promotions.  He just wants us to allow him to live through us as we keep our eyes on him, as we seek to bring him pleasure by our lives, and as we make it our aim to see that he gets the glory in everything!

~ Brad Heilhecker