What will other people think?

I Corinthians 10: 29b

For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? NIV

Paul is speaking here.  He’s addressing the subject of what to eat and when.  It seems, however, from the translation in The Message, that he has a much larger point than just rules about eating meat.

“But, except for these special cases, I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said.” MSG

In my experience, disregarding the potential condemnation of other “small minded people,” is something that makes sense in principle, but, it is hard to accomplish in real life.

“What will other people think?” is a scary question for many of us.  I’m certain that it is a cause for worry.

In 2010, this question has many dimensions … too many to contemplate.

The most important opinion is God’s.  If what I choose to do is right and is of God, I can step forward in complete confidence.

That’s what I’ll think about today.


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