Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Food As A Stumbling Block
For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?
1 Corinthians 8:10 (NAS)
'But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who... put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.'
Revelation 2:14 (NAS)
Idol worship is a major sin in this world. It's right up there with sexual immorality. What is 'food sacrificed to idols', and why is it so offensive to God?

In biblical times, 'food sacrificed to idols' was meat used in pagan worship. It was polluted food. Since the Bible is a living book perfect for today, what does that phrase mean now? I believe it means the same thing: polluted food.

God loves us fiercely. He wants His children strong and ready for action. Does that mean avoiding polluted foods--foods processed with chemicals we cannot understand, foods that promote ill health one bite at a time?

What about people who are healthy? Can't they eat what they want? As believers, our role is to set an example in every area of life--including health. Suppose you're the only fit person in a group eating out and you have an urge for something 'junky.'

It may not harm you, but your choice could be a stumbling block for others--an unspoken invitation for them to follow your example. Don't do it.

Eat foods blessed by God, rather than those corrupted by men. As a performer, your habits will be under extra scrutiny. Show everyone watching you not only what God's freedom looks like, but how to get it.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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