Matter of Choice

Romans 14:1-4(NIV)

1 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.

I was reading a book recently on plant based diets and how this could benefit my health.  The author used to be a pure vegan and would never touch meat, but kept gaining weight from eating too many grains.  When you choose to go on a specific diet, it’s easy to tell others what you are doing and that if they also did it, it would benefit them as well.  Some people may not agree with your choice and will get tired of hearing the ‘preaching’ of what you should eat.

Paul was addressing an issue in the church where Jews and Pagans were part of the spiritual family.  Historically, Jews were forbidden to eat certain foods.  Pagans ate meat and didn’t have the same restrictions that the Jews faced.  As they were part of the same family, the one who can eat anything must be able to accept their brothers and sisters who cannot eat meat. These days, disputable matters such as choice of diet isn’t about faith, but about being united and accepting each other.

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