On Not Filtering Every Choice Through the Bible
This is one of those topics I’m working my way through right now. Maybe a year from now, my opinion will flip on it. But here is where I am now.
I was first made aware of this post from John Piper’s “Desiring God” web site via someone posting to SCCL Facebook group.
Here it is:
(Link): How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God by John Piper
- I said that one of my reasons for believing this comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31. “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” I asked, “Is it sin to disobey this Biblical commandment?” Yes.
- …Some of you then asked the practical question: Well, how do you “eat and drink” to the glory of God? Say, orange juice for breakfast?
- ….Orange juice was “created to be received with thanksgiving by those whobelieve the truth.” Therefore, unbelievers cannot use orange juice for the purpose God intended—namely, as an occasion for heartfelt gratitude to God from a truth heart of faith.
- But believers can, and this is how they glorify God. Their drinking orange juice is “sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.”
Yes, it’s an entire post explaining why and how Christians may drink Orange Juice to the glory of God.
This is a part of Christianity that I am glad to leave behind. In my faith crisis of the last few years, there have been some advantages to ceasing turning to the Bible as an authority in decision-making in life in every area.