l4c at thelinuxlink.net
Wed Jan 5 16:18:00 EST 2005
Preston Boyington wrote:
>>- I should not do anything that would cause my brother to stumble.
> wholeheartedly agree. "when in doubt, do without"
First off let me preface this by saying that I started this list not
just for Christian based Linux discussions but also because I have been
on a number of other Christian mailing lists which I personally found
*way* to legalistic, for lack of a better term, crumugionly. For that
reason I don't place a very rigid cap on topics or discussions here. I
am interested to hear what other Christians have to say on all things.
You really can get the best of everything on a list like this. You not
only get Christians, but the Linux part tends to draw the smartest and
most interesting of the pack as well. I also have a really good sence
of humor and personally think that is the best way to approach things.
Taking all that into consideration, I think that Romans 14/1
Corinthians 8 (mentioned above) is possibly the single most misused
piece of scripture on any Christian mailing list I have been exposed to.
Almost always taken out of it's biblical and complete context. It
really refers to new Christians, who are weak in the faith (Rom14v1) and
the eating of meat sacrificed to idols (1Cor8:7). The passages speak
of making these new brothers/sisters stumble *in their walk/growth with
the Lord*. To put this in a modern perspective, this would be something
like taking a new brother or sister to your church after they are first
saved and then sending them home with a box full of envelopes and a
tithe committment form. This is something that may hinder that new
Christian's walk and growth with the Lord. Something that may turn them
off of Christianity so to speak.
The one thing you really shouldn't do is apply that to more mature
Christians. If you do, you will inhibit their growth. You are not
going to turn a mature Christian off of Christianity by drinking a beer
in front of them - unless, perhaps, you forgot to offer them one as well
:-) What you might do though is get them to question themselves about
why you are having that beer and do a little research in the Bible to
find out. And that is *always* a good thing.
Am I just rambling again or is this making sence to anyone else??
Just one of my personal pet peeves I guess..
In the Beginning there was nothing, which exploded - Yeah right...
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