Romans 14:13Â Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
Hopefully you have read the first seven entries in this series. It all goes together. But this verse puts the emphasis on another attitude that I should have in all that I do. I am not to judge anyone else. I am not to criticize them, judge them, look down on them, feel myself superior to them, etc.
I am to judge this rather that I do not want to be a stumbling block in my brother’s life. I do not want to give him an opportunity to fall.
Simply put that means that there are things that I can do and have full liberty to do them but maybe I shouldnâ€™t. Or if I do them I should be careful when and where I do them. They are not wrong in and of themselves but younger Christians might be offended and some might even fall into sin.
This is maybe the verse that most angers many who want their freedom to live and do as they please. They say along with Cain that they are not responsible for their brother and they are not his keeper. But the Holy Spirit is pretty clear. There are things that are perfectly legitmate that I might not should do.
It is not a question of whether or not it is right or wrong but how it will be perceived. How it will affect others.
There were people who were very strongly opposed to eating meat that had been offered to idols. Paul would rather not hurt his brother than enjoy his liberty.
Are you mature enough to realize that what you do affects others? Are you willing to restrain yourself from what you can legitamately do for the good of others?