Monday, November 9, 2015
Eating Clean and Unclean Foods!
All too often we hear debates about what foods are good for us and which are not. There are even harsh discussions between people about eating meat or not and eating vegetables or not. In times of such difficult discussion, we should be reminded what Jesus had to say about such eating things.
Romans 14: 13-23 "Let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. as one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But, if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. If your brother is distress because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Do not destroy the word of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes some else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So, whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God for Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But, the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin".
Does that mean people who like to eat meat should stop? No! If they did, that would mean they doubt what the Lord has said "All food is clean". The doubt comes in when someone points a finger at them and tells us we are wrong to eat it, causing them to stumble in their faith. It is living in doubt of what the Lord says is the sin. The same applies for those who do not eat meat. Those who eat meat should not point to those who don't as it would cause them to stumble.