We saw yesterday that we are to accept/welcome the weak in faith.
Now, let us look at the “rest of the story” and the context.
This is interesting.
Read the following…
1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.
2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.
3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him.
Did you see what the immediate issue was?
There was difference of opinions over what to eat!
Such occurs today.
Some people have faith to eat all things.
In other words, there was no fear that something might have been sacrificed to a pagan idol. They understand that we as believers are free to eat (and drink...as we shall see) whatever we desire.
Not all believers live in this freedom and liberty.
Some felt/feel that they could only eat vegetables.
They were/are fearful of eating something that they thought they should not have.
They are called “weak”.
This is not a derogatory expression.
It is simply the reality of how God views it.
Freedom and liberty in Faith is viewed as strength.
Lack of freedom/liberty/faith in a matter is viewed as weakness
We experience the opposite today.
Often, those who eat only vegetables are viewed as stronger, superior.
If they do so from fear, the Lord describes them as weak.
We clearly see that the Lord tells us not to pass judgment.
Not to act arrogant and haughtily.
We are to accept the decision of each one.
We will see more in the next few days.
For now, realized that much of what passes as “strength in the faith” related to eating/drinking is really weakness.