Reflection on 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1

Scripture

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Observation

While we can do anything or eat anything, not everything is beneficial. It is not about law any more, but about grace.

We can eat anything without raising questions of conscience. If a person who isn’t a believer invites us to share a meal, we can eat anything put before us. However, if they say the meat was offered to an idol, then we should not eat it, out of consideration for the conscience of the other person.

Eat or drink, whatever we do should be done for the glory of God. Like Paul, we should try to please others for the sake of their salvation.

Application

Paul is very pragmatic about the issue of food offered to idols. He advocates a” Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy so that Christians are not put in a position where they may inadvertently offend an unbeliever.

We are free to do many things, but we should exercise freedom wisely, in order to glorify God. If my dogmatic freedom turns others away from the Kingdom of God, where is the benefit?

I read the other day of someone who is known as a christian shouting through the door of a cafe denouncing the use of vaccine passports. He is free to do that, and he is free to refuse the vaccination. But why be aggressive in this freedom?

Jesus tells us to be wise as serpents and gentle is doves. Sometimes I think we get it the wrong way around.

There are times when it is right to demand justice for christians and for the church. There are times when it is right to show that we treat idols with contempt. We just need to make sure we do this in a way that honours the Lord.

Prayer

Please help me, Lord, to receive every freedom that is mine in Christ. Grant me wisdom in the way I express this grace. Amen

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