Conscience and God’s Sovereignty
Actions have consequences. Of course, we want our actions to align with the will of God and not the will of ourselves. Living for God’s glory and living under Gods’ sovereignty takes on a whole other meaning when it comes to breaking bread.
Food production is nothing like when Jesus walked the earth nor when the Apostles were spreading the Gospel in years following the Crucification, Resurrection and Ascension. Even when we eat food at home, that we prepare ourselves, the origin of the food, for the most part, is completely unknown to us. We didn’t grow the vegetables or grains nor did we raise the animals for slaughter. Some of you did, but the numbers are quiet small. The point I’m making is how important it is to bless the food we put to God’s use.
In the passage below it sounds like, at least to me, Paul is actually issuing a warning to the people of Corinth and the world. If you think knowing more about the food we consume isn’t important read, then re-read until this makes more sense.
Kosher foods have been blessed for the Jewish people by a Rabbi, not for an idol, but, for the specific purpose of the Jewish faith, which is contrary to Christian faith. When a believer blesses food to the use and glory of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit what happens at that point?
1 Corinthians 10 NKJV
23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;
26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake.
28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience?
30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God,
33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.