Innocent Acts and Expensive Outcomes

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in 1 Corinthians, New Testament
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1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 13
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God… Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

Today’s chapter deals with eating food sacrificed to idols, something you may not be accustomed to. In those times, food sacrificed to idols was offered to people in the market place, in places of worship and at events. The Corinthian church members had no problems eating such food because they knew that these idols were nothing and they followed the one true God. The newer members however, found this difficult to accept and understand and it caused them to be confused and sin. Are we responsible for the sins of others?

Back in the day before I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour, parties were ones where alcohol flowed, tongues slurred, crude jokes cracked, lewd songs sung and embarrassment was an unfamiliar concept. I once went to my wife’s (Then my girlfriend) family party and I was shocked that they partied without liquor, crude jokes and embarrassing moments. Their parties were about fellowship, singing songs that glorified God, prayer, awesome food, good jokes and the sharing of the word. As a seeking Christian, that was what brought me to my knees and I wanted to be a part of this family. Paul reminds us that we need to watch what we do for those who are quietly seeking might look at us and falter in their walk. Lets be conscious of our actions for the consequence may be another man’s eternal loss. Lets be worthy Ambassadors for Jesus in this world!

In His Loving Service,

  1. blesseddad says:

    An excellent example of the way we live our lives, and the effect it has on those around us. I am glad you had such a good example set for you in your wifes family. God Bless

    • ServantBoy says:

      I am grateful to God for placing my wife, Preeti, in my life. There are moments when we face real challenges but it is the love of Christ that binds us and therefore He holds us together and his Holy Spirit works as the glue in our marriage. She and her family are such a blessing to me and my family.

  2. Amen. I love the way you have titled the post. Yes…what might be done innocently may end up costing another’s eternal destiny. I have often asked myself this question over and over again…especially given the country I live in. Religion…is confused for Godliness and at most…there are hardly any boundaries or accountability when one leaves the church walls. Thank you for sounding this truth out for many out there. We ought to be our brother’s keepers!



    • ServantBoy says:

      That is so wonderfully put. It might be obvious in your country but the reality is that brokenness is obvious in mankind and regardless of where I have been, I see it the same way. Our actions speak louder than words and we have to be constantly reminded of this.

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