Let’s get back to the basics, shall we?
For a quick exercise in recognizing legalistic thought, may I present for your consideration two pictures?
Which one of these pictures display something “sinful?”
If these items were seen being consumed by a Christian, which would result in an immediate judgment of one’s spiritual health? Why?
Are either one of these items mentioned specifically in Scripture?
On what basis would the consumption of either be considered sinful?
Can we justify the consumption of one in moderation without doing the same for the other?
Both will do little immediate harm, but only one is consumed by children on Sundays. Which, then, creates the greater risk? How many Americans die each year from obesity and heart-related problems that could have been prevented by better food choices? How many children are allowed to smoke a cigar once a week? How many children are allowed to eat fast-food every day? Which will kill them first?
I am not attempting to justify or condemn either one of these items. All I want to do is make the point that we should be very careful when we judge another person based on what he/she consumes. Does the consumption of one or the other make a person more or less godly?
Keep in mind the words of the Apostle Paul as you think about this and respond for further discussion.
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any…For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. – 1 Corinthians 6:12 & 20
—Oh, and by the way, that cheeseburger (from Hardees) contains over 1300 calories and 95 grams of fat, the equivalent of four (4) jelly-filled donuts.