Posted by: celticanglican | July 29, 2013

For God or for Me?

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Paul gives us a reminder that can really hit where it hurts, so to speak. After years of waiting for deliverance, God gave us access to the greatest gift of all: salvation through Jesus’ sacrificial gift. Yet, it seems like it didn’t take early Christians very long to forget why they were there!

Early Christians found themselves dealing with “unity in diversity” issues: observing festivals and dietary restrictions. Paul’s admonition for these bickering Christians was to do everything for God’s glory. If everything is done for the greater glory of God, all of the disputes are pointless.

Pride often seems to be a factor in any dispute, especially those of a religious nature. We still see the “feasts and meats” issue played out sometimes in the case of groups who spurn traditional Christian holidays in favor of Jewish ones, or vegetarians for whom “live and let live” simply isn’t enough.  However, many of the divisions the Church faces today are a lot more serious and can cause far more damage.

Maybe this wisdom from Paul could be a lesson for all of us when faced with divisiveness that need not exist. After all, how will history treat today’s Church (as a whole) in light of today’s controversies? Looking back, will others reach the conclusion that we bickered too much over secondary issues? Just some food for thought. 🙂

 

 

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