Lectionary Year B
January 30, 2000
I Corinthians 8:1-13

Step V: Hermeneutical Bridge

(CU) Salient features:

Paul is convinced that eating of food sacrificed to idols is potentially destructive of the weak.
Accountability and concern for the whole body of Christ overshadows individual freedom.

Some current issues:

Do we understand how interconnected we all are as the body of Christ?
How does this clash with "I'll do it my way?"
(JA) How do we decide what can be harmful to another Christian?
Perhaps we need to be told so as we stay in dialogue and shun isolation?

(DR) Illustration: of putting love of family before my right of free choice: because my wife has a history of alcohol abuse in her family and we have a son who was abusing alcohol/drugs, my wife would become emotionally distressed anytime I drank even a very small amount. I saw the problem as being hers and declared my "right" to drink as long as it was not abusive. Eventually a friend had me look at Ephesians 5:25 and realize that even though I had a "right" to drink, my drinking was destructive to my household. I needed to give up my freedom and right to drink out of love for my family.

(DR) Illustration: of a church allowing alcohol on its premises at a church picnic while at the same time sponsoring AA and Al-Anon meetings at the church.

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