If you could only have one more meal, what would you choose to eat?
Some people in Corinth had asked Paul what they should do about something that was normal in the culture around the church. Some of the food for sale in the marketplace had been sacrificed to idols. It’s a complicated situation, if people eat the food are they somehow saying this kind of practice is ok?
We’ve had similar situations here in the UK today. Some newspapers print dodgy pictures on “Page 3” and by buying the papers, are we saying that that is something that is ok? What about the fact that it is the most read newspaper in England?
Paul tells the Corinthians that God is bigger and better than this. That there is only one God, and that those sacrifices mean nothing. But at the same time, other people might struggle with this issue. For them, watching Christians buying the food and eating it might create problems. Paul says he would rather never eat meat again than have that happen.
We have freedom in Christ. But that freedom shouldn’t cause other people to have issues. Maybe you’re not into buying newspapers or eating food sacrificed to idols, but there are probably other things you choose to do that are confusing or unhelpful to others. What about swearing? Wearing skimpy clothes? Have a think and a pray about it and see if there is anything God is asking you to step back from for the sake of others.
Lord God, thank you that you are bigger and better than anything else. Thank you that you came to rescue us from the things we’ve done wrong. Help us to follow you in all that we do, and help us not to cause issues for anyone else. Amen.
So many people in the world don’t have enough to eat. Why don’t you have a look and see if you can give something or email or write to someone to try to make a difference to someone’s life.