Today I was pondering the implications of Romans 14. It has always surprised me that Paul never gives a specific answer to the doubtful issues he uses as examples. Surely there is a right and wrong answer. Why doesn’t Paul just resolve the dispute?
The truth is, the disputes will never end. Paul is teaching us that unity and love is more important than rightness and accuracy. As long as the issues we disagree over are not essential to the gospel, we are called to not only tolerate each other but appreciate and value one another.
Knowledge puffs up, power corrupts, and being right doesn’t always win the argument.