The next thing Paul says is that God sees both of these men and both of these viewpoints as honoring him. The one who believes Sunday is a special day that should be kept different from all other days is doing so to honor the Lord, so accept that, respect that viewpoint. The one who says, “No. Saturday is the true Sabbath, we need to honor that day.” We are to accept that, to respect that. Even when someone stands up and says, “No! When we are in Christ, days do not mean anything. They are not set aside for any special purpose. Therefore, I feel every day is alike, and I want to honor the Lord on every day.” Okay, don’t get upset at that. Sure he is wrong (Oops. Sorry. I am still growing in this area), but he is doing so out of a deep conviction of his heart.
Then if someone who drinks beer gives thanks to God for the refreshment of it and the taste of it, and it is perfectly proper that he does so. The one who says, “No. I cannot drink beer. I only drink coffee,” gives thanks for the coffee. The coffee may do as much physical harm as the beer, but, in either case, it is not a moral question. It is a question of what the heart is doing in the eyes of God. Sometimes we are too harsh with one another when it comes to these areas.
I heard a testimony from Sandy Brown, who was a converted Las Vegas showgirl. She was new to the faith and her pastor asked her to sing at one of their Sunday services. She so proud and wanted to do her very best for the Lord whom she had come to love, so she dressed up the best way she knew how and she sang a song that she thought was expressive of her faith.
Unfortunately, she did it in the only style she knew. Somebody came up to her afterwards and just ripped into her and said, “How can you sing a song like that and claim to be a Christian? God could never be happy with a Christian who dresses the way you do, and to sing in that kind of a nightclub style must be offensive to him.” The poor girl was so shocked, she just stood there for a minute, and she broke into tears, and turned and ran.
Now, that was a wrong and hurtful thing to do to her. Granted, later, as she matured in her relationship with the Lord, she changed her style of singing, but only her Lord has the right to change her, not you. Her heart was right and God saw the heart and honored it. I think that was something he was pleased with, not displeased. We must remember that we are not to make distinctions where God would not.
Every Christmas we sing, “The Little Drummer Boy,” a song that celebrates a young boy who comes to his Lord with all that he has to offer: his little drum. Sandy Brown was that little drummer boy. She brought the only gift she knew she had to celebrate and worship her Lord. She should have been honored and congratulated for her gift to the Lord.
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