We Usually Get It Backward

Let us not therefore judge on another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.  Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 

Romans 14:13-15

When you read this whole chapter dealing with judging others and questionable things and really look at the spirit of it, it quickly becomes evident that we often get the whole thing completely backward.

What we usually do when it comes to judging others on questionable things is this: We have our opinion.  Everyone who has a lower opinion or standard is a liberal/compromising Christian who is barely even a Christian at all.  Everyone who has a higher opinion or standard is a crazy/hypocritical Pharisee who wants to go back to the Old Testament law.  We have our opinion and we either refuse to tolerate or even ridicule everyone else’s opinion.  We make the whole question all about ourselves and our opinions.

What we should do is this: We have our opinion.  We notice that others have a different opinion.  We defer to them, so as not to place a stumbling block in front of them.  We ignore our opinion and think about the opinions of others.  We ignore our opinions and we defer to the opinions of others because we want only to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.  And when we are following after that goal, we realize that our opinions don’t really even matter.

When it comes to matter of opinion/preference, which approach are we taking?

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