Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 8

Right_or_wrongChrist gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? 1 Corinthians 8:11 (TM)

Eating meat sacrificed to idols is not a huge issue among Christians today like it was for the believers in Corinth. Nevertheless, the principle applies to any number of activities upon which Christians have various opinions. I remember, when I was a teenager, I listened to a Christian scholar talking about gambling. I had always assumed that gambling was among the top ten sins along with "smoke, drink, chew and going out with girls who do." I was surprised to hear this respected scholar lay out a Biblical argument that gambling, while foolish, is not specifically a sin.

Drinking, dancing, clapping in worship, working on the sabbath, and listening to rock music are other activities upon which I’ve heard a wide range of opinions among believers. The debate surrounding some subjects can turn heated and ugly. That’s when Paul’s discussion of food sacrificed to idols becomes an important guide. Our admonishon is to be kind, loving and gracious with one another. Those who take a permissive stance on such matters need to be considerate and show deference when you’re around believers who feel differently – not flaunting your freedom and aggravating the situation.

It all comes back to putting others ahead of yourself.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day 1 Corinthians 8”

  1. We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating “idol meat,” and are sure that there’s something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn’t going to change overnight.
    I tend to see things very black and white. I am constantly reminding myself to think more gray to be more understanding of others. The verse above makes me think about our youth group. These kids come from such a different place than we do. They in many cases have limited home teaching. They are shaped by the world and a “pc” culture. I struggle at times to be patient and understand the decisions they make. I pray God gives me the strength to help grow them.

  2. Carlin had his 7 words – “Drinking, dancing, clapping in worship, working on the sabbath, and listening to rock music…” throw movies and gambling on that list and you now have the seven thing not to do in the church i grew up in!
    Not to flaunt it but…Sunday I might crank up some AC/DC – have a cold Sam Adams after mowing my grass, before I head to the movies – gosh makes me want to do a little dance:)

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