(1 Corinthians 10:23-33) – “…for conscience sake…”
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. There is much more that goes into decision making than mere legal allowance.
Our standard should be much higher. This is true in every area of life.
My goal should not be to only do what I can. My goal should be the glory of God. My goal should be the good of my neighbor.
This idea is frequently mentioned in Paul’s writings (Rom.14:19; 15:2; Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 10:33; 9:19, 23; 13:5). It’s a strong echo of the heart of Jesus.
As God’s kids, the greatest and highest good should be sought in every circumstance.
Questions like…”What might help people see Jesus best right now?” “What would reflect God’s heart best here?” and “What is the wise thing to do?”
When we do what is lawful, but not what edifies, we miss an opportunity to extend the glory of God on the circumstance He’s put in front of us.
So have the highest standard, the standard of grace. This pleases God’s heart because it shows we value what He values and trust what He says is best.