” I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing unclean, to him it is unclean.” (Romans 14:14)
Since we will all one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and every one of us shall give account of himself to God, vs. 10, 12, we must stop passing judgment on one another. In fact, we should make up our mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in our brother’s way. The apostle Paul was convinced that there is nothing unclean in itself, but if anyone regards something as unclean, then to him it is unclean.
If what we are eating upsets our brother, the apostle advises us to “Destroy not him with they meat, for whom Christ died.” (vs. 15) He further reminds us that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (vs. 17)
Sometimes we must make choices about things that are not important to us, but might very well be comething that will offend our brother. We then must decide what we will do. If it is something that we feel strongly about, then we must do that which we think God would have us do. If we have no feeling one way or another, we might want to consider our brother’s feelings, remembering the warning about putting a stumbling block in our brother’s way.
It is a personal decision that we must make, and we must seek God’s guidance in choosing what we will do. He has told us to “Ask, and ye shall receive.” (Matthew 7:7) We can trust Him to lead us in the way we should go.
We must not pass judgment on our brother,
Nor put an obstacle in his way,
For if we do we will give account,
On judgment day.
And we must consider his feelings,
In decisions that we make,
For to be a stumbling block to him,
Would surely be a mistake.
Dear Father, May we never judge another person as we remember that you will use the same measure to judge us. In Jesus name we pray. A-men.