Stumbling Blocks

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Romans 4:13, NKJV

In Paul’s day, meat offered to idols in pagan rituals generated leftovers sold in the market, tempting some Christians to renew their former pagan customs. Although some Christians strictly abstained from such meat as a matter of principle, others considered the meat to be nothing more than food and the idols to be nothing at all. A controversy swirled concerning whether or not a Christian ought to eat such meat.

Paul asked those claiming the freedom to participate to consider the impact of their choice upon others and choose to abstain. If your spouse is dieting, skip the cheesecake. Never sell the recovering gambler a raffle ticket. If the kids are home, watch the animated movie. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Let’s not cause each other to fall.