Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31, NKJV
As we walked down the street in Cairo, we came upon a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The owner was right at street level, making food in a giant pot right by the doorway. The man called the food «kushari,» and upon closer inspection, it seemed to be made of rice, lentils, pasta, and onions. The food looked very delicious, and we decide to eat there. It turns out that this little restaurant only served one food, kushari, and only in one size, so ordering turned out to be quite easy. The man took us upstairs to a little dining area and sat us down. The four of us sat at the table and immediately notice that the table had one cup and one jug of water. Apparently the cup sat there all day, on that table, for every customer who sat there. We decided we would not touch the cup or the water because we’d run the risk of getting sick. The most basic rule of thumb for travelers is to always stick to bottled water. Since there was only one food choice, he simply brought each one of us a bowl of kushari. He also brought a small bowl with Parmesan cheese. We generously sprinkled cheese on our dish and started to eat. Moments later we quickly discovered that it wasn’t Parmesan cheese; it was some kind of spicy sea salt! At first we all choked, but soon we had an intense burning sensation that quickly became unbearable.
The cup and jug of water suddenly looked very good, and we each took turns gulping down capfuls of water in order to cool off our burning mouths. As you can imagine, for the next twenty-four hours all four of us got a stomach sickness from drinking the water. You already know that it’s important to control what you put in your mouth. I also think you already know the difference between things that are good for you and things that will harm you. So how do you decide what you’re not sure?