Spiritual Bullies – Epiphany 4B

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Mark 1:21-28

We think that things are desecrated because of idols. But Paul reminds us that idols are nothing. Food is food is food. We have a freedom in Christ and we should live in it.
But greater than our freedom is our responsibility to our brothers and sisters. We must not destroy their faith. We must not cause them to go against their conscience.
Again, issues that this raises in my mind: What, if any, are the differences between offending and destroying one’s faith? How do we move the church into the freedom of Christ, if we have to watch for the other’s weakness? How do we stop ourselves from being controlled by spiritual bullies who only want things their way? How do we work to build each other up? How do we help the fragile in faith? What if they are older spiritually/ physically?

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~ by Dale on January 26, 2009.

One Response to “Spiritual Bullies – Epiphany 4B”

  1. I have similar feelings about drinking. Many Church goers think it is much more spiritual to abstain completely from alcohol. Or that not creating a stumbling block for my brother means I must abstain. I think it means I don’t hand an alcoholic a beer or maybe not drink around him if he can’t handle it. I don’t think it means I can’t drink ever. I think abstaining from alcohol might give a false appearance of spirituality.

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