Posted by: Derek Guyer | December 30, 2008

ROTH Challenge #7


Living in a culture where most of us have our own copy of the Bible, and sometimes two or three other dusty copies on the shelf, we seem to become arrogant with what we think we know about the word of God. We learn some passage and since we’ve now become an “expert” on it, knowing right from wrong, we can do as we please. We see there is freedom and we’re going to enjoy it.

I’ve seen these liberties used on anything from social drinking to the use of language or the foods a person eats to the music they listen to. There are a wide range of liberties believed to be had by many of God’s people, and the freedom by which they’re used can be detrimental to others spiritual growth and maturity.

“Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil”

Romans 14:16 NIV

I’d encourage you to take some time reading through both I Corinthians 8 and Romans 14. In both letters, Paul spends time talking about how the Christians in those cities were abusing their Christian liberties, and as a result, leading others astray. By allowing themselves to eat the meat that had been sacrificed to idols, they opened the door to other “weaker” believers following in their footsteps and disobeying what they understood to be true. It didn’t matter that under the new convenant, Christ gave freedom from those laws. Paul knew the believers conscience was far more important than anyone’s supposed liberties and that by leaving a poor example, “weaker” believers could be lead astray to do things they believed to be wrong.

There’s an old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. I’d like to suggest that the very opposite is true as well:

“One man’s treasure is another man’s trash.”

Do the things that you consider to be freedoms which you have in Christ, your treasures, lead others to do things that are wrong to them? What liberties do you enjoy that could lead others to do things they believe to be wrong? Not sure? Let me give you a few examples:

  • Do you use language that isn’t inherently wrong in your mind, but that leads others to use words they wouldn’t use otherwise?
  • Do you watch movies that you enjoy but which are a major stumbling block to your husband for his struggles with lust?
  • Do you occasionally drink around your husband/wife knowing they have a propensity to abuse and overuse alcohol when they’re stressed?

Again, I ask, are your liberties opening doors to others sin? Could you stop using your freedom and consider others better than yourself by not tempting them or encouraging them to do something they’re tempted by?

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”

Galatians 5:13 NIV


Responses

  1. Wow, it really puts into perspective that we are all always in the battle. God wants to use our every thought and action, but so does the evil one and often we give him reign to do so in the many little things we do that are permissible, but not beneficial.

    Thanks for sounding the battle call again Derek. Thank God that every little thing we do matters.


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