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Romans 14 Part 1–Smokin’ New Game

Some things never change.  Paul is discussing the amazing Christian pastime of rating others spirituality on a scale that makes our personal faith almost perfect, while other’s differences are definite score-lowering penalties.  In Paul’s day, it was things like living vegan, Sunday v Saturday Worship, or eating meat that was purchased at the “discount idol market”.

Fortunately, we have risen so far above…Well, OK as I said, some things never change.  The church of old and the church today struggles with keeping the main thing the main thing.  To clarify, the main thing is Christ and Him crucified.  When we start our relationship with Christ, we become part of a body of believers.  Like our body, different parts have different jobs.  Also different parts have different needs and perspectives.

As frail humans, it is not our job to judge the body, it is simply to support it. We may feel strongly that we have all the boxes properly checked; but only when we stand before the Lord will true and fair judgement come.  What’s more, we will be judged innocent by the creator of the universe.  I must confess, If our Father can forgive my huge and many sins, I guess I best not judge my family in Christ.

It is time to change games. Join me in playing the new and crazy game called “Have the same attitude in You that was In Christ Jesus!” Philippians 2:5 You will find it exciting, and non-stop action! When you finish, You will be full of peace and joy…and what’s more, your personal needs and concerns will be addressed.

God Bless You

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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