The food items above have one sure thing in common–they are all items I cannot even choke down. Each of them are undesirable to me for different reasons, but they are all checked off in my gross column. You may love them all, and if so, in the words of the great philosopher Briscoe Darling, “more power to you.” I just do not.
Culinary tastes differ. I enjoy mixing peanut butter and table syrup, using homemade biscuits to sop up this fine, tasty blend, but I realize I may not have a lot of company in that proclivity of mine. Some things are healthier and more suitable to eat than others, but much of that is simply a matter of taste.
Sadly, there are people who have tried to lean on their human reasoning and experience, determining what they will and will not do and believe based on personal preference and taste. They do not see Scripture as authoritative. In our postmodern age, people have tried to make our culture–with its peculiar tastes, desires, and leanings–preeminent over God’s revealed truth. When this is the case, a society can put sins like abortion, homosexuality, adultery, living together, modern dancing, immodesty, and greed into the palatable and even desirable category. The same group may put godly traits of character like honesty, courtesy, commitment, conviction, faithfulness, and the like into the distasteful category.
I remember my dad preaching a sermon about “Cafeteria-Style Religion.” Back in those days, cafeteria-style restaurants were more common and popular. You walk in the restaurant, walk past meats, vegetables, breads, and desserts, putting only what you wanted on your tray while rejecting the rest. The spiritual application of that, that people pick and choose what commands of God to obey and what to ignore, is even truer today than it was then. Today, it is not just doctrinal matters but also moral matters.
We need to remember this. Scripture itself speaks of a way that seems right to a man that leads to death (Prov. 16:25). It is not in man to direct his own steops (Jer. 10:23). Paul had been responsible for Christians’ deaths, yet could say in Acts 23:1 that he had lived with a clean conscience before God to that very day. God has left a complete revelation that has been preserved, despite what agenda-driven skeptics say. Our task is to swallow that, but to spit out any alternative authority.