Why not rather be wronged? (1 Corinthians 6:7)
That’s the surprising, disruptive, and challenging question we encountered several weeks ago when we tackled 1 Corinthians 6. In many ways, everything we considered in the subsequent teaching and commands on marriage, sex, and divorce has been related to that question (and implicit command).
The presenting problem related to this question is one that feels alien and irrelevant to us: Can, or should, a Christian eat food that has been sacrificed to an idol? However, the biblical principles that have been appealed to and applied here are very relevant to and crucial for us as members of the local church family! If we are to live together as a church family, believing and living the gospel means we need to be prepared to suffer that which feels wrong to us.
If you grew up in the church, chances are you are familiar with the “not causing a weaker brother to stumble” argument that we find in 1 Corinthians 8. Most often, the only time that’s referenced is with regard to things like drinking alcohol or watching ‘R’ rated movies. While there may be a connection between those issues and 1 Corinthians 8, that’s really not what 1 Corinthians 8 is about!
If in obedience to God and his Word we are to live together as a local church family – in the ways he says we must – giving up and laying aside our rights is a daily task and challenge. When we fail at that, when we stubbornly refuse to obey God’s command, the blessing, ministry, and the witness of the local church and the gospel is impacted negatively.
So take some time to read and reflect on 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 as you prepare your hearts for worship this Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,