Reading: Romans 14: 1-12 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Is it better to open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? You probably have an opinion about that question, perhaps a strong opinion. What happens when someone new joins the family? A new in-law brings an unfamiliar dish to Thanksgiving dinner and folks are unsure what it is and wonder how well it will go with turkey. A friend from college comes home with you and shares different holiday traditions – some you may embrace; some you don’t quite get.
In the same way, in our Christian practice, we may do things that are meaningful to us, but not necessarily to every other Christian. Back to the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day question. Or any specific way a festival is celebrated. Some practice fasting as a means of prayer; others wouldn’t think of it. What helps one person in faith in daily life may not be the same for another person. So about such things, Paul basically says, “Whatever.”
What is necessary is simply to do what we do for the Lord. The question we ask is only, “Will this practice honor the Lord?” We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. We are the Lord’s. So whatever we do is not to be a matter of conflict but rather a practice only to honor the Lord. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing Prayer: Dear Lord, open our hearts to others and may our practices only be to honor you. Thank you.
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