Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

1 Corinthians 6:12

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. ESV.


While driving your car in most states in America, you are allowed to make a right hand turn on a red light at an intersection after you stop your car. It doesn’t mean you have too, but you can.

In America, you can also apply for whatever job you want. You may not have the skills and temperament, but you can. Again, it doesn’t mean you should, or qualified, but you can apply.

Likewise in America, you have the right of free speech. The law allows you to express yourself with the protection of the government. Again, you have the right to say what you want but it doesn’t mean you ought too.

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. At the intersection, someone may be crossing the street that if you turned there would be a major accident. Just because you can apply for a job, you would be short-changing yourself, your employer, and others if you weren’t fully qualified to manage the work. Again just because the person needs much grace doesn’t mean you have to verbally abuse or assassinate their character because you don’t agree with them.

Because you can doesn’t mean you should. Chocolate is a favorite food for many. But there are those like myself that can’t control the amount we eat. Therefore, rather than be a slave to its gluttony desire,  we find it best to stay away. Sex is a strong desire with much pleasure. Yet outside of a committed relationship within marriage, it becomes a physical addiction and not an intimate, relationship builder. You can also have as many gods in your war chest as you need, but if the Triune God is not before them, first, and central, you are wasting your time and energy on worthless idols.

The bottom-line: You can if you so choose, but are the consequences worth it?

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
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