1 Corinthians 8:1-13
“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” vs. 9
Some of us grew up in rather legalistic faith communities with many restrictions with regard to Christian behavior. In such environments, failure to comply with the rules meant quick censure and sometimes severe punishment. Believers learn quickly to be careful about what they say and do. Many times those who have grown up in a rule-based church find great relief in discovering the gospel of grace. It really does feel good to do the things our pastors had told us were wrong. Freedom in Christ is a wonderful thing! But sometimes we can carry it too far. That’s what had happened in Corinth. There was an issue about meat that had been offered to idols. Many, quite properly, thought that since idols didn’t exist it was fine to buy and eat the meat at the pagan temples. Paul agreed…but he cautioned the Corinthians to be careful about flaunting their liberty. Some could be led astray by their example and be drawn to idolatry. Since that could happen, Paul says it would be better not to eat meat at all. The question is not whether something is okay for us to do. What matters is how others will react when they see what we’re doing. If it could lead them astray we shouldn’t do it. Their relationship to Jesus is more important than our freedom!
Thought for the Day: What might be okay for me but not okay for others?