After following the Lord for over 40 years, I am convinced that we as Christians simply do not agree about everything. I know this may come as a shock to some in the body, but, as a group have been on different sides of issues through our history. In this letter Paul is trying to intercede on one of the Romans pressing issues—meat offered to idols. In their community, that meat was the Aldi of the market. It was fine and somewhat fresh, but, it had been touched, etc.
But for the Church, it was a big deal—that meat was on the altar of another God. There was a sharp division. Paul was trying to bring unity to the group in spite of the differences. Truth is, since that day, there have been divisions about clothes, food, drink, offices and music. All issues at the time seemed earth ending—But as the culture changes so do the issues. And what seemed earth shattering becomes a afterthought over time.
Paul made it clear if an issue pulls you away from God, do not do it. But, you have to understand that we are different and that issue may not affect others. So one need not violate what causes them pause-but, do not judge others because they do not agree. That happens in families—Get used to it. So when you go to church this Sunday and see people in jeans, singing worship songs with a full worship band leading—Remember people have divided churches over all those things…then be grateful that you are in a place that allows such a dysfunctional family to worship freely without fear of reprisal. Love your family Church—even though they drive you crazy.
God Bless You
Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]