Let’s have a chat about something so significant but ignored most times.
You see, we mostly think….
In fact let me rephrase this…
What I am about to say is really directed to Christians. And people of the other faith, you can pick one or two things.
It is as universal as it can be.
Many times, we think being a Christian is spelt out behaviourally.
Love everyone. Accept everyone’s excesses: it is part of the trial. Be patient. Be kind. Be gentle. Don’t fight.
We really believe the Christian race is the group thing. Like we all have to be the same. After all we have one father.
After listening to Mike Todd’s sermon about Easter today, I was really motivated to speak one of the truths I know about God.
This is for those of us that have always felt different. Weird. Unique. Whatever word you want to give it.
Who has ever heard from God and then you share it with your fellow believers and then they disagree and you are left with doubts? What do you do?
Let us be real here. Please and please.
Let us just talk real.
I’m really tired of putting up the perfect Christian face where I do what other Christians think is okay because I believe they are deeper in faith but I know deep down that God is telling me something else.
I was reading my bible some weeks ago and I found this beautiful scripture and honestly, I felt scolded. Because I am guilty of many things the scripture mentioned. The scripture is the whole point of this post today.
Christianity is a personal race. Just how personal is it? Do we really know? I’m still figuring it out honestly. What about you?
So let’s do this:
IN MY NLT BIBLE, THE SCRIPTURE IS TITLED THE DANGER OF CRITICISM. Trust me, it is not about criticism from non-believers but believers!
“Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.”
Well well people, what do we have to say about that? Why shouldn’t we really? I mean, we are just trying to help, right? And accept them: what does that really mean? Who are the believers?
Let us continue:
“For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.”
Okay, let us continue:
“Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.”
Like come on, this is not just about food. This could be about a career or relationships or activities or whatever.
Then it further says:
“Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.”
Wawu. Lord, forgive me. I am so guilty of this.
“In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.”
Let us take note of the word “CHOOSE”
WE HAVE CHOICE. CHOICE.
It further says:
“Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bend to me,
and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.”
Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God”
To this part of the scripture, it is quite straightforward. Only God is the judge of what is really acceptable. After all, no one is perfect.
Whatever we choose to do: whether to eat anything or just vegetables(metaphor), it must be to honour God.
Here is the interesting part:
“So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.”
Please, how really can I live in a way that can make a believer to stumble and fall? How does the act I have decided to do to honour God make my fellow believer stumble and fall (sin)?
It further says:
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God.”
This happens when we try to force our convictions on other believers because we believe that there is a standard way to serve God.
What do you think? How can how I decide to serve God affect you?
Interestingly, it further says:
“Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.”
The Heavens bless those that refuse to feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. And how was that decision made? So while you as a believer does not support the decision of another believer, the heavens bless them as it is a right decision made by them. So who are you to judge? Who are we to judge?
But let us not forget, if there are doubts and you do it anyway, it is then a sin. So that a fellow believer says it is God’s plan to do a thing and you are not convinced but go ahead to do it, well you know the rest….it is simply sin.
So let us all calm down with the judgments and opinions and whatever term you decide to give criticism. Well for real, people.
Cheers guys. Give your comment here 🙏🏿. Before you do, please deeply reflect.