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Let’s jump right in, shall we?

There’s a Pastor on a popular TV show who was seen smoking a cigar at a hookah bar.  Another Pastor recently started a Go Fund Me account to help finance a new jet that he wants to purchase.  A lot has been said on both sides of the fence regarding both issues.  Here’s my two cents…since it is my blog, right? 🙂

There are areas that we may disagree on as it relates to our everyday walk, practices and teachings.  (Yes I’m going to say it): Christianity, as we (the church at large) know it and present it, leaves room for a lot of grey areas.  I know…I know…someone just closed my blog and decided that I’m a heretic, but think about it.  What may be acceptable in my church, in my reformation, or even in my culture, may not be acceptable in yours.  And this can vary in its reasoning, from how the Bible is interpreted from one person to another, to how our parents or grandparents taught us, to what we are comfortable with or not comfortable with according to our own dispositions and, yes at times, even our own prejudices.

So does this mean that we are free to do whatever we decide to do as long as we’re happy with it?  Not by any means.  Does this even mean that we are free to do whatever we want as long as we know within ourselves that it will not send us to hell?  The answer to that would be no as well.

A word of scripture…

Romans 14: 14-17 (New Century Version)
14  I am in the Lord Jesus, and I know that there is no food that is wrong to eat. But if a person believes something is wrong, that thing is wrong for him.

15  If you hurt your brother’s or sister’s faith because of something you eat, you are not really following the way of love. Do not destroy someone’s faith by eating food he thinks is wrong, because Christ died for him. 
16  Do not allow what you think is good to become what others say is evil.  (The King James Version says: Let not then your good be evil spoken of.”)
17  In the kingdom of God, eating and drinking are not important. The important things are living right with God, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Some things we don’t do because they are wrong to God.  Some things we don’t do because they aren’t good for us.  And some things we don’t do because they don’t look good to others.  All three of these hold their own weight.  We must remember, as representatives of the Kingdom, our decisions are never just about us.