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Whose opinion matters most?

by | Sep 23, 2021 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

Romans 14:1-4

Some topics are not worth the argument. As Paul begins Romans 14, he addresses the tendencies we all have of even judging the behaviors of other believers on what really consists of minor areas of disagreement.

He wrote that we shouldn’t “quarrel over opinions” about the type of food we eat. Some believed they were free to eat anything, including meat likely offered to idols. Others only ate vegetables in a likely attempt to avoid eating “godless meat” at any cost.

Notice that Paul doesn’t condone the “weak” in faith and he doesn’t encourage those with a more developed faith to eat vegetables in order to not offend the other.

Secondly, Paul addresses those who believe that the Worship of the Lord should be held on the Sabbath which is Saturday and some believed it was more appropriate to Worship on Sunday. Is one day better than another? Paul wasn’t concerned about this, he was concerned that we should worship with our lives each day of the week because the bottom line is that our lives are to be lived for the Lord.

The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 14: 6-8

His concern was with the way one group perceived the other. Is there any application for followers of Christ today?

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