Bacon Makes It Better

Nicholas Nieblas

“I have the right to do anything,” you say, but not everything is beneficial.  “I have the right to do anything”, but not everything is constructive."  I Corinthians 10:23

I love bacon.  I’d eat bacon on almost anything.  If you wrap a boot in 12 strips of bacon, I can’t guarantee that I won’t eat it.  One of my favorite culinary tricks is to cook a batch of bacon, strain out all the bits and pour the rendered bacon fat into a jar that I keep in the fridge for later use.  I attribute my love of bacon to my love of the Food Network and the Food Network’s love of bacon.

I love bacon.

Eating bacon is not necessarily wrong.  I don’t follow kosher laws, I don’t have any heart problems, my cholesterol is fine, and so I am free to enjoy bacon anytime I want.  That being said, eating bacon anytime I want, although it is permissible, is not necessarily good for me.

The same can be said for television, the Internet, even things that are, in fact, good for you, like exercise and working hard.  Anything that was originally intended for good can be twisted and used for things that can draw you away from intimacy with God and away from His plan for you.  It can be easy to plop on to the couch and watch TV for the next 6 hours then go to bed.  It can be easy to surf the Internet or Facebook for hours on end.  Nothing is inherently wrong with those things, but are those things particularly honoring to God?  Are those things causing you to neglect the things that can help you grow closer to God?  How often are you reading the scripture, spending time in prayer and having authentic fellowship with other believers?  These things are imperitive to your Christian faith and are worth giving up that Jersey Shore marathon.

How are you avoiding the things that aren’t constructive while still pursuing God and all He has planned for you?

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