ENCOUNTER: Read 1 Corinthians 8
Ok, the title is a little misleading. I love meat and will eat it forever!! That is, unless, eating meat causes spiritual problems with those in whom I am in community. For, in that case, I the spiritual health of those I live with in community is infinitely worth more than my freedom to eat as much meat as I want.
Thankfully, we live in a context where meat isn't a spiritual issue, or one that divides us. But this passage in 1 Corinthians isn't about meat. This passage is about how we live in community when we have different understandings of the law, of freedom, and even of righteousness.
The assumption is that we are all leaning into Jesus and long to love Him, honor Him, and serve him with all our hearts. This is an important assumption. For many of us in our context, we see our walk with Jesus in terms of regulations and question, "How much can I get away with?" But the maturing life in Christ is not about regulation, but about union. It is about a growing intimacy with Jesus and with His people.Read More