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Grace Trumps Conscience

Getting ready to rain in the desert of Peoria Arizona. 2013

Getting ready to rain in the desert of Peoria Arizona. 2013

28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: 29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:28-31

I don’t think many of us have to consider eating food offered to idols. I have seen some pretty gross foods people on the travel channels have eaten. I’m sure they need grace to eat some of that. I can even see where missionaries have needed grace to eat things indigenous to the country they went. In fact, some things they may have sacrificed to local gods or other ceremonial foods. So how does this passage refer to us?

I see several things which do apply. First, is the matter of conscience and what we eat and drink. Paul said there were times when he didn’t eat for the conscience sake of others. “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” (Romans 14:21) Some people, Paul says, do not live in the liberty grace affords. Their conscience says some things are good and some are bad. But Paul would not allow another person’s conscience to judge his liberty.

Second, God’s grace covers what you eat and drink. Some things are not as good for you as others are. We need to use wisdom. Paul was not going to allow others to steal his liberty over the things for which he gave thanks to God. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. God has given us all things for us to enjoy. Therefore, whatever we do, we are to give God the glory.

We should give God thanks for all He supplies to us. We have the grace to operate in liberty. There is no condemnation toward us. Our consciences are free to live in His grace every day. This is much more than simply saying grace when we eat. It’s an attitude and lifestyle of being grateful for everything God has done for us.