Daily Devotional

Today’s Scripture Reading

Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Romans 14:1-3 (New Revised Standard Version)

We’ve all known someone who could make a mountain out of a molehill. Who knows why the minutiae rise to such importance? I suspect it is intended to distract us from what’s really important. A colleague of mine said, “Keep the main thing the main thing.” For us as Christians, the main thing is Jesus Christ and faith in Him. Debating about who appears weak in faith, quarreling over opinions, and so forth are all distractions. Some will eat almost anything and nothing is restricted by their faith. (Think of something like meat other than fish on Friday, or a vegetarian who out of principle won’t eat meat at all.) What’s the point of passing judgement on anyone? It only temporarily makes you feel superior, but is your self-image that poor that you need to put someone down to boost yourself up? Bottom line, from Paul’s writings today, is that God welcomes all. God keeps the main thing the main thing. Don’t let the details distract you. Celebrate God’s inclusive welcome extended to all, including you and me. Amen.

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