Arguing About Disputed Matters – Romans 14:1

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.

Romans 14:1 NIV

As humans, and as Christians, we seem to like to find things to argue about. Some of the things we disagree on are indeed important. But all to often they are not really matters of great significance. And yet those seem to be what we spend the most time on.

I am in several Facebook groups that debate theological matters. And I find it sad how passionately some folks defend a particular position, sometimes attacking anyone who differs from them. We argue over politics, worship styles, versions of the Bible, spiritual gifts, end time models, and on and on.

I believe that much of this falls into what Paul calls ‘disputable matters’. In this chapter he identifies two of them. Eating meat sacrificed to idols is not an issue today. But sometimes the specialness of days is. Is the Lord’s day more significant than the rest of the week?

The thing about disputable matters is that there is no clear-cut right or wrong concerning them. The Scripture does not address them directly. And we can potentially take either side with a clear conscious.

While it is probably OK to discuss these matters among ourselves. We should not argue and fight about them. And, especially, don’t pass judgement over another who does not hold to your position. Especially a brother or sister in the Lord who is new to the faith or not well grounded. Rather than arguing about disputed matters, choose instead to love and nurture them in the faith. Work at lifting up rather than tearing down.

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