Today ends Week 7 of our church’s summer preaching series called “Exchange: Lifestyle,” exploring Romans 12-16.
Here was this week’s passage:
14:1 Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions. 14:2 One person believes in eating everything, but the weak person eats only vegetables. 14:3 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. 14:4 Who are you to pass judgment on another’s servant? Before his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
14:5 One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. 14:6 The one who observes the day does it for the Lord. The one who eats, eats for the Lord because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God. 14:7 For none of us lives for himself and none dies for himself. 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 14:9 For this reason Christ died and returned to life, so that he may be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
14:10 But you who eat vegetables only – why do you judge your brother or sister? And you who eat everything – why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 14:11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.” 14:12 Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
As I look at this passage one last time, I want to apply it to my life. I need to be careful about how I view others.
I want to list below the issues where I have tended to judge others in the past (not necessarily recently). I still will have clear personal convictions about these areas, but I need to extend grace and refrain from having a critical attitude towards those who differ.
Areas where I have judged…
~ political persuasion
~ rated-R movies
~ social drinking
~ kinds of humor
~ types of entertainment (such as sports)
~ use of money
~ political activism
~ types of homes people live in
~ the cars they drive
~ music people listen to
~ opinions about the government’s role in defining marriage
This isn’t to say I can’t have opinions on these matters or maintain a certain stance — I need to formulate personal convictions on each one for which I will give account! But it also means I should allow for others to come to different convictions. And that it should in no way affect my acceptance, unity and fellowship with those who think differently.
This has been a good passage of growth for me. Thank you Paul!