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Romans 14-16

Romans 14-16

Several years ago, a popular Christian blogger asked his audience to tell him what their churches were fighting over today. It was a simple request but, to his surprise, “the Twitter survey blew up.” He received thousands of replies, and here are a few of the ones that caught his attention:

  • their churches are fighting over the length of the worship pastor’s beard
  • their churches are fighting over what to do with the children’s playground
  • their churches are fighting over whether to serve gluten-free communion bread or not
  • their churches are fighting over what type of coffee to serve
  • their churches are fighting over who has the authority to purchase postage stamps for the church
  • their churches are fighting over who has access to the copy machine

He concluded all of this by saying: “Yes. These issues are silly; many are absurd. But they are all distractions from what we should be doing in our churches. In that sense, they are really distractions from the Great Commission.” And he is right. Those things are distractions to the Great Commission. They are distractions to what we really should be focusing on as a church. 

However, the question remains: what are we supposed to do about it? How do we put a stop to all of the fighting in the church? Paul answers that question in Romans 14:1: “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.” In other words, stop judging people who disagree with you over who has access to the copy machine. Learn how to accept those who have a different idea about gluten-free communion bread and what type of coffee to serve. If they are in Christ, they are your brother (verse 10) and Christ’s servant (verse 18), and you need to learn how to treat them that way. This is what we will be talking about this week at Grace Fellowship Church. If you would like to learn how to put a stop to all the fighting in the church, come join us this Sunday morning as we talk about that in Romans 14. If you are wondering how to accept other Christians when they differ from you, bring your Bibles to 46024 Riverside Drive. We meet at 9:30. Come ready to learn! – Jeremy Cagle