Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 8 and 1 Corinthians 10:22-33 (day one)
“Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again.” v. 8:13
It was a revolutionary ethic! Not one anyone saw coming. I will live love. The good of others will be the foundational principle for my personal choices.
The alternative is ubiquitous. The default of human history is self. Self-advancement. Self-protection.
Only the church (and only with the undeniable example of the selflessness of Christ) imagined a different way to make choices. Concern for others. The larger good. A grand dream of the salvation of the world ( see 10:33) with all the logical and ethical and practical choices that flow from that vision.
A few months ago, our church met to ask ourselves, “What does LOVE look like?” 1 Corinthians 8 and 10 make that question larger than a single topic. It is the center of the New Testament ethic.
Because we have been loved, we love. At least we should. . .