Heritage Not Hate? If This Flag Offends You, You Need a History Lesson? <— Things I've seen in the past few days about the flag of the former Confederate States of America.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the flag here it is.
I was talking with a good friend and brother today after lunch about some controversy that goes on with racism in the church. So many people say that its just a flag, and that might be the case. But its an awful divisive flag, one that is reflective of a time when our nation didn’t have it together. When brother fought brother, not a time to be proud of by any means. It got me thinking about how Paul wrote to the Corinthians about eating meat offered to idols.
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth–as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”– yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble. 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Just a thought…