Don't Pick Fights Over Little Things

Romans 14: 1-12 is our reading today. 


As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.
Oh... in today's society, how are this is eh?   To have someone new come to church and not want to argue with them over their faith?   Paul is clear here... don't argue over opinions with someone weak in the faith.    What should you do then?  

One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
This lack of arguing with them stems from this: not passing judgement on each other.  The weaker not to judge the stronger, the stronger in the faith to not judge the weaker.   

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.
One person says Saturday is a day of rest and worship, another says "Sundays in the day to rest and worship".  Honestly... does it matter?   Is the person involved intent on worshipping the Lord?   Then let it be.  It's shouldn't be a bone of contention.   Honour the Lord.  Give thanks to him.   Do you see?  It's not salvation issues Paul is talking about.. it's just stuff.. like should a sanctuary be carpeted, should you use praise and worship or only hymns.   The thing is.. be convinced in your own mind.. but don't pick fights with people or judge or despise them over it.   That's not our place.  It isn't.  

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
    and every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
The question to us is this...are we aware that living or dying.. we are to do it to the Lord.  We are to hold us ourselves accountable to the Lord, not to each other.. to the LORD.  That's the end result of it all. 

What say you?

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  1. We will each be accountable to God. That is scary. A very difficult passage here.

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    1. I know. It's so easy to not really think about.

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