“Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them.” vss. 2-3
There had been a controversy among believers about the propriety of eating meat that had been offered to idols. (It was readily available in the markets.) Some felt that followers of Jesus should abstain from such food–Paul didn’t think it made any difference, and he enjoyed a good steak from time to time. But he didn’t think the issue was worth quarreling about in the congregations. Reading about such things reminds us that even food can cause divisions among believers. This has been particularly noticeable in these hyper-health conscious times. Vegetarianism has become increasingly popular and some predict that meat-eaters are going to have to change their ways, with a few saying that meat-eating will soon have to be done in secret. It’s a question worth considering. Is there a God-pleasing diet? Or, does the food we eat have any connection with our spiritual health? Many among us would say that there is, and if we’re serious about matters of faith, we also should be moving toward healthy eating. The key thing to remember from Paul is that we need to be gentle with each other and honor our different convictions about dietary matters. It could be that one day we’ll all be vegans!!!
Thought for the Day: How has my diet changed? How would I like it to change?