A place of writing and reflection…
As fellow believers, we often times find ourselves in disagreement on certain issues. Things that threaten our “freedom“. Things like music, worship and preaching style, smoking, alcohol, tattoos, TV, and I could go on forever.
Romans 14 uses the example of food. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. We must not allow these issues to cause us to become so distracted that we miss what’s important; showing love to one another, and leading unbelievers to Christ. None of these things is important enough to keep us from loving others, and far worse, steer an unbeliever away from Christ.
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables…Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 14:1-2, 13-17
The Faithbook 2016