20 Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles (Romans 14).
This is the principle to live by: willful offense giving is an evil thing; humble abstinence for the sake of a brother or sister is a good thing. This is the truth to understand: our brother or sister in Christ has infinitely more worth than anything we could ever use for our own personal pleasure. Thus, rather than considering it a tiresome burden to abstain for the sake of not giving them offense, we should consider it a blessing and a privilege to do so.
Yet, we are submersed in an evil culture fostering an entitlement mentality, which constantly tells us to fight for our personal rights—and to hell with anyone who tries to deny our fulfilling them. It teaches that we deserve to have whatever we want, and it is just wrong for others (who are obviously not as enlightened as we) to thwart us.
Lord, keep us from such evil! Help us This Day to be more concerned about another’s conscience than we are about our own selfish sense of entitlement. Amen.