Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 13 Tuesday
Read first paragraph,
“In Romans 14:17-20 Paul is putting various aspects of Christianity into proper perspective. Although diet is important, Christians should not quarrel over some people’s choices to eat vegetables instead of flesh meats that might have been sacrificed to idols. Instead, they ought to focus on righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. How might we apply this idea to questions of diet today in our church? However much the health message, and especially the teachings on diet, can be a blessing to us, not everyone sees this subject in the same way, and we need to respect those differences.”
Is the wisdom of this chapter restricted to foods offered to idols and various ceremonial holidays?
You are going to want to listen into tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) lesson because it’s going to indicate strongly that the weekly Sabbath cannot be included in this passage.
Read last paragraph,
“Have you heard someone say, “It is none of anyone’s business what I eat or what I wear or what kind of entertainment I engage in”? Is that so? None of us lives in a vacuum. Our actions, words, deeds, and even diet can affect others, either for good or for bad. It’s not hard to see how. If someone who looks up to you sees you doing something “wrong,” he or she could be influenced by your example to do that same thing. We fool ourselves if we think otherwise. To argue that you didn’t force the person is beside the point. As Christians, we have responsibilities to one another, and if our example can lead someone astray, we are culpable.”
What is the balance here?
Do you agree that if your example leads someone astray then you are culpable?
If I wear a wedding ring, and a person believes that a wedding ring is jewelry and jewelry is sinful and therefore, they conclude if Jennings wears a wedding ring, then Christ is not real and they leave the church and they reject Jesus, am I culpable for their loss?
If you observe the Sabbath and someone believes that your Sabbath observance is legalistic and denies God’s grace, therefore they leave the church or won’t listen to what you have to say about God, are you culpable?
Where is the balance between living up to the light that God has revealed to you and conforming your behavior to the level where others are?
Would it not be about living in harmony with God’s design law? That we can conform our choices to be appealing to local customs and culture, to not offend, alienate, or cause obstacles to the gospel—as long as we do not violate God’s design laws, but we don’t conform if we are going against God’s methods and designs?
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