1 Corinthians 7:23
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.”
There are a lot of things we do or say (knowingly or unknowingly) as believers that could cause our fellow brothers and sisters to stumble.
I’m sitting here wondering the amount of times I have imposed my “beliefs” on others.
You see, the amazing thing about Christianity is, it is not a religion. Christ did not die so we could be chain-bound by rules and regulations. On the contrary, He came to give us freedom, freedom from sin and our mortal selves. Of course our freedom is not an excuse to indulge in fleshy desires but to be humble in love (Galatians 5:13).
We have been set free by the cross therefore, we should not overwhelm ourselves or others with non-biblical beliefs.
Apostle Paul elaborated this point in 1 Corinthians 7:19. He explained that circumcision or uncircumcision, it means nothing; the most important thing is obeying the commandments of God.
The act of cutting a piece of flesh does not make one holier than another.
Let’s highlight a few practical points, shall we?!
Some christians choose not to eat certain foods as they deem unholy. If that is how you feel, well it’s okay however, you are not to impose this on other believers in hope of making them feel bad or ‘less unholy’; that is putting their mind into slavery which is not the message of the cross. Walk in love at all times (I Corinthians 1
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Simple put, you don’t get brownie points from God for eating or not eating certain foods. Those are just preferences.
Another example is day of worship. Now, I know most people have a lot to say about this so before I go any further I would like to put this across; this post is not to condemn anyone.
So, some believers deem one day more holier to worship than the rest. If this is the case for you, then it’s fine. Again, this should not be imposed on others.
It is better to recognise everyday of your life as a day of worship unto the Lord than just a day of the week.
We must stop imposing our cultures, traditions and preferences on others. It causes a lot of damage in people’s lives especially new believers and gives false outlook on the kingdom of God.
Whatever message you put out there either by words or actions, make sure they are in line with the word of God. Many have been confused and subsequently left the kingdom because they felt suffocated with non-biblical rules. I know that because I have been there. As mentioned above, Christ came to give us freedom not slavery.
It is all about your faith and obedience.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”
I’m praying for you.