Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. Romans 14:1-4
It’s interesting to me that these verses even needed to be written because we think that once we become Believers that petty jealousy and judgmental attitudes are done away with. Not at all. If anything they are amplified.
Currently the latest discussion is over the style of music in the church. Through the years, going to movies, drinking alcohol, smoking, and dancing were all hot button discussion issues. I look back at some of my attitudes towards some of those issue and I can only say, “petty.”
Think of some of the “trivial” issues in your life (side issues that really don’t affect salvation or the salvation message) that have caused you great consternation through the years. Churches have split over these issues. Even those issues I listed above are trivial when compared to the weightiness of salvation. Are those issues still issues for you?
For example, if you saw a fellow Believer smoking a cigarette, what would your reaction be? The bigger question, though, would be, why?