May 20, 2019

Stumbling Block - Romans 14:16-21

"Check out the commercial how the girls are clothed in the beer commercials. You know, ask a boy what he thinks about when you wear those hot red shorts to the 4th of July picnic. Um, asked the ninth grader, you know, what that can of beer in your hand can do to your Christian witness. Uh, you know what, causing someone to stumble."

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some stumbling blocks that had been placed in your path before?
  2. What are some of the stumbling blocks that maybe you've recognized that you place in somebody else's pathway?
  3. What insights did this scripture give to you today?
  4. How does this define maybe some of the gray areas of your life and maybe make them more black and white?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, the scripture today is just packed with the answers to probably every question you ask. What's right, what's wrong for me? Check this out. Romans 14, Verse 16 Through 21, uh, here, here God's wisdom. It says, "therefore, do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil. For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For He who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things that are the building up of one another. Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they're evil for the man who eats and gives offense. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything by which your brother stumbles." Stumbling blocks.

01:10 Uh, you know what, uh, in your mind define the word enticement. Uh, you know, and then watch how the model is dressed or undressed. Uh, you know, as general motor sells, the, you know, the Red Pontiac, you know. Check out the commercial, you know, and, and how the girls are clothed as they sell Coors or you know, or Millers or Budweiser in the beer commercials. You know, ask a boy what he thinks about when you wear those hot red shorts to the 4th of July picnic. Um, asked the ninth grader, you know, what that can of beer in your hand can do to your Christian witness. Uh, you know what, causing someone to stumble. You know, building stumbling blocks means to bring out sin in their life. And man, Satan is a master at this fine art of deception. He knows our weaknesses. Uh, you know, like he knew Eve's tastes buds for the first red apple in the garden of Eden.

02:08 Um, you know, one thing I love about our summer staff at our Christian sports camps here at Kids Across American and Kanakuk, 2,500, uh, you know, collegiate, very athletic people who have decided that, you know, that drinking beer or any kind of alcohol, is not going to happen. You know, not just when we're with the kids, but we're when we're on our nights off because you know what the kid may see somebody with a can of beer in their hand, you know, back at the fraternity party and they don't know whether you've had one or six And so the can of beer can become a stumbling block. Um, and, and you know what, I think that's why Paul says in scripture, "all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable." And setting myself up as a stumbling block. You know what, it defines a whole lot of what people call gray areas in the Christian life.

03:00 So here's the questions I have for today. If you want to just ask these questions to somebody who's sitting with you or to your family for doing these together. What are some stumbling blocks that had been placed in your path before? And what are some of the stumbling blocks that maybe you've recognized that you place in somebody else's pathway? Um, but what, what insights, finally, what insights did this scripture give to you today? And how does this define maybe some of the gray areas of your life and maybe make them more black and white? And here's the lifeline. You know, love is not a stick to trip you up in the darkness, but it's a net that will catch you when you fall.

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