Monday, July 22, 2013

Instead of Worrying About What Everyone Else is Doing...

Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak eateth herbs.  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant?  To his own Master he standeth or falleth.  Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike.  Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.  He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  Romans, Chapter 14, verses 1-6. 
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.  Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  Let not then your good be evil spoken of: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  For meat destroy not the work of God.  All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  Hast thou faith?  have it to thyself before God.  Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith; for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.  Romans, Chapter 14, verses 13-23.

These passages have influenced my life in a number of ways.  I had been struggling for years about whether we should be going to church on Saturday or on Sunday, or whether it was okay to eat meat or not.  I admire my aunt and uncle who are very devout Christians who go to church on a different day and eat somewhat differently than I do.
God says that whether we eat meat or not, or go to church on Saturday or Sunday doesn’t determine our Salvation.  Our Salvation is because of our faith in Jesus and living as an example of how He works in our lives.  What matters is that we follow our beliefs.
He also tells us that we aren’t supposed to taunt others because their beliefs are different than ours by putting a stumbling block before them.  An example would be, having friends over for dinner who don’t eat meat for religious reasons and only having meat courses, putting them in an awkward position.
We need to support others and not be judgmental.  I need to keep focusing on God to lead me in the direction that He wants instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing or not doing.  It sounds like these details don’t matter to Him as long as they are done to glorify God.
Here are some related passages:
*But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither if we eat not, are we the worse.  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.  1 Corinthians, Chapter 8, verses 8-9.
*Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lustest after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which He hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.  Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.  Deuteronomy, Chapter 12, verses 15-16.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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