When and How To Worship (Col 2)

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Don’t let anyone dictate how you worship the Lord. There is no prescribed (at least in terms of “have to”) day on which you must worship. Sure, there is tradition for Christians to meet on what’s called “The Lord’s Day” which is Sunday, the first day of the week, but that doesn’t make it sinful to meet on a different day if your schedule conflicts. There is only a biblical description of what the early church did, not a prescription of what you must do. In the same way, the kind of foods you eat and the kind of beverages you drink are not the kind of issue where one person can judge another. These are just examples, you could probably think of more. The kind of games your family plays, the kind of entertainment you go to, the places you enjoy, the car you drive, the kind of house you own or rent, the way you educate your children, if you exercise or don’t, vaccinate or don’t vaccinate, suit or shorts, baroque or Hillsong… on and on, these are not the point, they are a matter of conscience. Sure, you have good arguments and reasons for your choice, but it’s just that, your choice. The parallel to this passage (Rom 14) says you should be convinced in your own mind why you do (or don’t do) what you do, but if it’s not specifically endorsed or prohibited in Scripture that’s for you and your family. Let’s not major on the minors, let’s strive for unity.

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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