Monday, December 7, 2009

1 Corinthians 10:1-33 (Freedom, Love and Legalism)

The Bible often compares the Church to the children of Israel in the desert. They were rescued and cared for by God. They saw Him act repeatedly on their behalf. And yet they were rejected due to their attitude and sin. The Church should not let its liberty be an excuse for sin.

Christians are free. They are no longer under the law. However, what good is that freedom if, with it, they cause people to stumble in their journey or discovery of God? The measuring rod in determining where freedom is too costly is love. Live in freedom and enjoy life with God, but when someone points out a problem… food or drink etc, take care not to hurt their weakness.

This does not address a similar yet different issue… legalism. Some people, weaker and ignorant of their freedom, seek to limit others by standards that are not God’s standards nor given to them by God but rather their own that they feel must be imposed on all. This is not the issue here.

This is an area where church leadership must take special care. In seeking what is the best for people, they often demand things from them that are not necessary, or try to forbid things that, while not the ideal, are also not forbidden. God is God and we are not.

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