February Begins

February 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I'm teaching my Sunday School class this morning and the lectionary today includes 1 Corinthians 8. Paul responds to a question "Is it okay to eat meat sacrificed to idols?" At first, it may seem as an archaic matter for contemporary Christians, but it soon moves to a discussion that continues through chapter 10 about "strong" and "weak" Christians. So it becomes relevant for the church today that is divided by numerous differences, behaviors, theologies, and social issues. And the focus shifts to the "strong" Christians and how they conduct themselves and influence (in a destructive way) those who are "weak". I think Paul's answer is a challenge for those who are "strong", because essentially he says don't act in a way that is destructive to the church by disregarding the objections or the conscience of the "weak". Be sensitive to the concerns of the "weak", but without retreating from one's own convictions. I think this is difficult to live out. It will make for an interesting discussion.


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