“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.” (1 Cor. 8:13)
When my father was pastoring several years ago, there was a woman who wanted to become a member in the church. However, she disagreed with the fact that our denomination encouraged abstinence from alcohol. “Why can’t I have a little sip of wine every now and then? Lots of Christians drink coffee, and that has caffeine in it. What’s the difference?”
My father thoughtfully replied. “Alcohol has caused so much more societal damage than caffeine. But so you know how important I believe this to be, I will never knowingly drink anything with caffeine again, if you will decide to never drink alcohol again.”
Although the woman has not lived up to her end of the bargain, my dad has only drunk decaffeinated coffee since that conversation.
It’s been 13 years.
Do you care so much about your testimony that you would be willing to give up something you love if it would help someone else in their Christian walk?
*This mini-devotional was written for the app of Mesoamerica Region Nazarene Youth International (NYI). We encourage you to download and use that app, through which short devotional thoughts like this (written by a variety of leaders) will be shared daily.