Good Friday Centenary friends. The climate has cooled down, it seems in the world and in the news. Two weeks ago I was wearing shorts and listening to folks grumble about politics and this week I’m bundled up and everyone seems to be talking about anything but politics.
Paul talks to the church in Corinth about the Love of Christ being the most important thing. They’re confused about a lot of issues in the world and how they can wrap their faith around it. Especially when some of the same people that they worship with practice differently...defiantly differently it would seem. When it came to eating food that had been sacrificed, Paul said ”Food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.”
There may be no easy answers here. So what it may all boil down to is Paul’s bottom line question that he would have each of us-the offended and the offender in any given situation-ask of ourselves:
What is the loving thing to do here in Christ?
We may or may not find the answer to that question terribly obvious in any given circumstance.
But it is at least the right question to ask in the Body of Christ. Pastor Michael Williams
1 Corinthians 8:1-13