1 Corinthians 8:10-13
1Co 8:10 Because if someone sees you, the one who has this knowledge, reclining where an idol is displayed, won’t his weak conscience be encouraged to eat food offered to idols?
1Co 8:11 Because this weak one – by your knowledge – is being destroyed – this brother for whom Christ died!
1Co 8:12 Now when you are sinning like this against the brothers and punch their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ.
1Co 8:13 For this reason, if food is causing my brother to fall, I will not ever eat meat for the rest of my life, so that I won’t cause my brother to fall.
protecting the weak
There was a faction within the greater body of Corinthian congregations which emphasized the freedom of the Christian. Some among them had flaunted their freedom in Christ to go to the market and purchase some cheap meat that was perfectly good and wholesome except for the unpleasant reality that it had been used in pagan worship of other deities. The “strong” Corinthians saw nothing wrong with this practice. But Paul encouraged them to think about those new brothers who had just been recently converted from paganism to Christ. What would they think if they saw a “strong” Christian in such a place?
So, Paul was willing to avoid the temptation to go after that tainted meat. In fact, he would even go without any meat at all if it would protect his weaker brother from falling. Failing to protect the weaker brother is sinning against Christ.
LORD, help us to protect our Christian family, even sustaining from things we are free to do – for their sake.