Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Corinthians 8:4-9
4 Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. 7 However not all men have this knowledge; but some, being accustomed to the idol until now, eat food as if it were sacrificed to an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. 9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
We don't have to worry much about food sacrificed to other gods these days, but we have other issues that can be devisive. Card-playing is one; the evangelical crowds I've run in frown on gambling, but other card games such as Euchre, Spades or Bridge were just fine. However, one gal in my old Friday night group came from a very-old-school church that banned cards all together. She had since left that church, but she was uncomfortable playing cards. If she was with us during the hang-out time after our Friday-night study, we'd typically skip playing cards that evening. If someone comes from a more legalistic background, it will take time from them to "loosen up," if they ever do. You may have the freedom to do more than Mr. Pharasee, but you're not a better Christian because of it. Nor should you feel you're any less a Christian for doing something sinless that another church says is wrong. You don't shove your freedom down other people's throat, nor should you feel condemmed if someone else tries to shove their rules down yours.

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