Can vs Should

Monday, July 17, 2017

Do you remember Dolly the Sheep? She was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. It was 1996 and it raised all sorts of questions. Primary among them was “Just because we can do something does it mean we should do that thing?” That wasn’t the first time that debate has been undertaken, and it certainly wasn’t the last time. It seems that with every new discovery, every advance in technology someone raises the “should we” to counter the “can we” argument.

And that discussion is not limited to technology or science. Paul raised just that question when it comes to our freedom in Jesus. Jesus has set us free from sin and with that freedom comes the liberty to do many things that were unavailable to us prior to salvation. In Galatians Paul warns that we not allow our freedom to become an opportunity for the flesh.

In 1 Corinthians he states that, “all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable…let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.” His discussion of this matter was prompted by a controversy in the early church surrounding Old Testament dietary laws and their application to Gentile Christians. But the truth Paul shares with the Corinthians can be used as a guide for many situations we find ourselves in today.

Paul’s conclusion of this issue is simple, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense either to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.”

I’ll be sharing these verses from 1 Corinthians 10 during Mid Day Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM each weekday.

Mon 07/17               1 Corinthians 10:23-24
Tue 07/18                1 Corinthians 10:25-26
Wed 07/19               1 Corinthians 10:27
Thu 07/20                1 Corinthians 10:28-30
Fri 07/21                  1 Corinthians 10:31-33

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