“And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23)
Many people decide that they do not like some foods for one reason or another so they refuse to eat that food. The apostle Paul addressed this issue in his letter to individuals in Rome and in Ephesus.
In his letter to Timothy in Ephesus, Paul spoke of those who had departed from the faith and were hypocrites speaking lies and forbidding some to marry, and commanded them not to eat meats, which God had created to be received with thanksgiving. For every creature is good, and nothing to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving. (I Timothy 4:3-4)
In Romans, Paul urged the believers to accept him whose faith is weak, for one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. He encouraged those who do not eat to not judge him who eats; for God has received him. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. He pointed out that none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s, for to this end Christ both died, and rose, and lived again, that he might be Lord of the dead and the living.
Paul reminded us that we are not to judge our brother for we will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ. In fact, we are not to put any stumbling blocks or obstacles in our brother’s way, and Paul said that he was convinced that there is nothing unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. (vs. 14) We are to make every effort to do what leads to peace, for we should not do anything that causes our brother to stumble, or be offended, or is made weak. (vs. 21) May we ask ourselves the question, “What would Christ want us to do in this situation?”
Many times we are confronted by situations,
In which we must make a choice,
For example, eating food that offends our brother,
And he expresses this in his voice.
God’s Word encourages us not to do anything,
That would cause our brother to stumble or be weak,
And the Lord will help us do what we should do,
When His will we seek.
Dear Father, please help us not to offend a weak brother by doing or saying that which he thinks is wrong. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.