Friday, March 4, 2011
14:1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. 2 One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 The one who eats everything must not despise the one who does not, and the one who abstains must not judge the one who eats everything, for God has accepted him.
Ray Stedman wrote:
The story has often been told of the culprits who entered a department store at night and stole nothing—they simply switched the price tags. Refrigerators sold for $9.95 while candy bars were $500.
While I was attending seminary several years ago, the most amazing realization of my study of the New Testament was that someone had switched the labels on the strong and the weak. I had always been taught that the strong Christian was the one who knew he couldn’t. He couldn’t smoke, drink, dance or go to movies. And she couldn’t wear lipstick or make-up. The strong Christian is “… someone who lives in mortal terror that someone, somewhere, is enjoying himself.”114 The weak Christian was the one who spoke of liberty.
Have you ever felt as though your Christian Character was under fire? How do we respond when this happens? I believe that we should respond in love. At times however I have felt my hair stand up and I feel the need to defend myself. That isn’t always the right way is it?
While two Christians may disagree over whether or not a Christian should drink wine or eat only vegetables, no Christian should dispute the fact that lying, stealing, and immorality are sin. These are biblical and moral absolutes!
So in the end we must make a stand. To stand on the inerrant word of God, pray for wisdom and guidance to make Godly decisions and choices and to pray that others see Christ in our lives. It is my prayer that others will see Christ before they see Me.