Romans 14 is a chapter about disputes. The people argued over diet, dress, and day of worship. They thought one day was more holy than another. Their disputes often ended in one group feeling spiritually superior to the others.
After 2,000 years of human development, life has not changed all that much. People in the church today take sides over diet, dress, and which translation of the Bible the church uses.
Diet: Vegetarian, vegan, healthy, or Taco Bell
Dress: Sunday best or jeans. Jeans or skinny jeans. Shirt tucked in or out. Hair long, short or bald.
Translation: King James, NIV or NLT
What people (we) tend to do is take our style preferences and make them into a spiritual point of exclusion. In a family, we sometimes create disputes over daily little things like how the toilet paper gets put on the roller. Why? This comes down to who is in control. Truth is, it doesn’t matter. I am just glad we have TP.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter all that much. Listen to the words of Paul.
For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 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 14:7-8,13 NLT)
What matters is learning how to overlook things that just don’t matter all that much. Today we have real issues that need our united prayers. It takes no spiritual maturity to disagree but a lot of maturities to let other people be themselves. I want to live in such a way that my life is not a stumbling point for another.