It is not, as my oldest son presumed, a sermon on what ticks me off (his assumption was that he would feature in a large portion of a sermon with that topic).
What Makes Me Tick
There will be a little bit of undressing (nothing distasteful).
14:1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. (New Living Translation).
14:2, 5,6 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables... In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God. (New Living Translation).If we examine this closely, we find a couple of important points. People at different levels of faith live out their understanding of faith in different ways. Because we are surrounded in the church by people who are different than we are, we need to respect one another in those differences. This is not a matter of believer vs. non-believer or righteous vs. sinner. In this passage we are talking about everyone being believers.
14:10, 12-13 So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God...Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. (New Living Translation).This is a matter of "disputable" things. We do not get to judge one another in these matters. Paul was convinced that some things that were deemed "sinful" before being in Christ, are not "sinful" for him.
Romans 14:7-8 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:13,15,17-19, 15:1-2
13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
15 We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.