Freedom, rights in Christ. And beer (1 Corinthians 8:9)

"But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak." - 1 Corinthians 8:9

Today I'm thinking again about vices. I have frequently thought that if a person has no vices then he probably has one big vice you would rather not know about. This is definitely not true across the board (at least not that I know of), because I certainly THINK I know some people who lack basically any visible vices and who aren't indulging in some ridiculous sin.

I've said before (perhaps months ago) by vice I don't mean sin. Rather, I mean something like smoking a cigar occasionally, or drinking with the guys once and a while (I'm certainly not saying getting drunk). It seems people with the ability to live their freedom in Christ last longer in ministry. This is my opinion and not at all biblically based.

Here Paul is reminding us however, just because we are free to -insert vice here (food sacrificed to idols, beer, cigar) - doesn't mean we are free to cause others around us to stumble. I am a big fan of beer. But if you struggle with alcoholism please don't take this as encouragement to go out and buy beer. And I certainly should not allow myself to drink in your presence as it would cause you to stumble.

I don't want to drive home the point about stumbling. This is important. But in my opinion it should be obvious.

The point I want to make is about our right to food sacrificed to idols. Or whatever it is in our lives. We all need to build up blocks around the things which cause us to sin and be careful in those areas.

But if a beer doesn't lead you to sin then by all means enjoy one with thanksgiving to the father once in a while.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin