Freedom In The Un-Forbidden

freedom-1526302Someone jokingly said, “Freedom is being able to do what you please without considering anyone except your wife, the police, boss, life insurance company, State, Federal, and city authorities – and the neighbors.” While that it is a little funny, there is some truth to it when it comes to Christian freedoms or liberties.  We know from the teachings of the New Testament that we are free from sin and free from the curse of the Law of Moses.  However, there is another area in which Christians enjoy freedom and that is in the areas of the “un-forbidden.”  If certain choices, activities, or practices are not forbidden in Scripture, then we are free to do them.  Yet the apostle Paul would argue that we are limitedly free in this area.  You see not everyone agrees or thinks the same way about these “un-forbidden” activities.  Some Christians hold strong convictions against certain practices, while other Christians see no problem with partaking in them.  So who is right and who is wrong? Only those who go to seed in legalism or liberalism.  We must use caution when stepping into the gray areas of life.  Some Christians will condemn others who do the “un-forbidden”, while at the same time other Christians will condemn others who speak out about such activities. Instead we must heed the words of Paul when he says; “So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” – Romans 14:13 NLT.  We must each grow in our faith to a point where we would rather abstain from liberty in order not to hinder someone else’s faith in the Lord.  If you are convicted about a certain “un-forbidden” activity, don’t make it a practice of calling out other Christians who don’t have a problem with it.  At the same time, if you enjoy an activity that is “un-forbidden”, but you are with Christians who have a problem with it, it is your duty in Christ to abstain from it in their presence.  Again heed the words of Paul over the matter; “It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.” – Roman 14:21 NLT.  So enjoy your freedom, but be mindful of how you use it.

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