Just a lunch menu?


“The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.” Romans 14:3

Seems to me this verse has more relevance than just “a lunch menu”.

“The one who churches every Sunday must not treat with contempt one who does not, and the one who does not must not judge one who does, for God has accepted them.”

Now just where might this end?

“The one of faith must not treat with contempt the one of another faith or none at all, and none should judge on faith (or no faith) anyway, for God has accepted them.”

Or here perhaps?

“The one of colour must not treat with contempt one of a different colour.  For each has colour (even “white” me  – who would be considered dead if I were actually “white”) and God has accepted all – so why can’t we?”

What about here?

“The one who sleeps only with the “correct” gender (and after the “correct” paperwork) must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.”

Maybe here?

“The one who forgives when others cannot must not treat with contempt the one unable to forgive, and the one unable to forgive must not judge the one who can, for God has accepted them.”

Or here?

“The one who loves politics must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.”

Even here … ?

“The one who loves all must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not must not judge the one who does.”

Maybe even here … ?

“The one who has material wealth must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not must not judge the one who does.”

And what about this … ?

“The one who lives in a certain way must not treat with contempt the one who lives in another way – for we can accept each – we can accept all – we are all the same – we are all loved.”

And we certainly don’t need God (or a different God, or the absence of God) to justify being nasty or nice to each other.  That is nothing to do with “God” (or no God)  –

That has everything to do with me and you.

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