What Should We Do? Pt. 3

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.

Romans 14:17-21

In looking at this passage in an effort to gain some wisdom in the area of settling questionable things in our lives, we come to verses 20 and 21.  They take us right back to where we have been before.  God knows that we are flesh and blood humans.  He knows that, often, we need to have things repeated (sometimes over and over again).  This passage is no different.

Verse 19 tells us to do things “which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”  Verse 21 gives us the negative of that thought: we should not do “any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”

We have seen several criteria for Scriptural decision making, and we can add these to it.  Does it cause a brother in Christ to stumble?  Is it going to offend a brother?  And is it going to weaken the faith of a brother?

If it is going to do any of those things, a strong Christian should just avoid whatever it may be.

When most people think about an issue, we usually think about opinions in this order: 1. Ourselves  2. Other people and 3. God.  We should think about opinions in this order: 1. God.  2. Other people and 3. Ourselves.  As usual, we get things backward.  Biblical decision making is really pretty simple, when we have the right heart toward it!

 

2 responses to this post.

  1. This is such an important concept for the mature Christian. Participating in certain activities may not be a problem for me but it is not just about me anymore is it? It is about the brothers and sisters I am with and if for them I have to limit myself then I should be willing to do it

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    • That’s so true. It is so easy to think only of ourselves and not of other brothers and sisters. I think the key here is being a mature Christian. There are too many “babes in Christ” who haven’t grown up in Him enough to understand that everything is not about them!

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