Freedom in Christ

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:13

In what ways could we be putting up obstacles in front of our believing friends? Is there anything you are doing right now that is causing others to have a dim view of your faith? But you might say, I am free in Christ to do anything I want as long as I’m not sinning. Actually, that’s part of what this verse is warning against. Let me give you an example, and it is only an example.

Let’s say that I enjoy an occasional glass of wine with my meals. A brother sees me in a restaurant and calls me on it (or the very least gives me a discouraging look after seeing the wine bottle). I have a couple of choices: 1) I can acknowledge our differences and say I am free to do what I want because there is freedom in Christ, 2) I can discuss the issue with the Brother to determine if in fact he was “offended” by the wine, or 3) I can acknowledge that there are others who are not strong in their beliefs and might be offended by my actions, and therefore I would forgo any alcoholic beverages in public settings. The obvious solution would be a combination of numbers 2 and 3.

The question then becomes, is it possible to know what others might be offended by or what makes them weak? No, probably not, but when we are aware of those actions, the responsibility is on us to remedy the situation.

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