In my first “Extreme Christianity” post I looked at whether or not God was calling us all to a more extreme view of our money. This week I am looking at everything else I suppose.
14As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. – Rom 14:14-16
Does this only apply to what you eat? I occasionally have a drink but I have always made a point of asking those I am with if they mind, because of this verse I don’t want to cause them to stumble. But in Bible College this thought process was taken to a new level of idiocy. Some people were offended that we watched football, some were offended that we used “rock” music in our worship, some people were offended that we wore white after Labor day. OK not really.
It seems that Christians are the most easily offended people sometimes and if we were to truly live out this verse it would be much like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. Someone will be offended if you do and someone will be offended if you don’t.
Maybe it does just apply to things you eat and drink but I have heard it taught as applying to everything else.
Is this something God meant us to take to an extreme?