Therefore, do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. – Rom 14:16-18
Why do we do what we do? If we give praise to God with our hands raised, why? If we give glory to God with in silence and quiet contemplation, why? What do you wear to Sunday Services, is it shorts or slacks or a suit, why? I think of these very things as I was growing up in the Church. I was told to where a shirt and tie with slacks, but why? One day I asked my father and he told me because I said so and that had never sat with me too well. When we make a decision to come before the Lord in whatever we are doing do we think of the why?
I can remember the first time I wore shorts to a Church Service. I was 18 and out on my own. I decided I just wasn’t going to wear a shirt and tie anymore. There were looks and stares of coarse but I ignored them and continued to where my shorts, but why? When I realized I was in rebellion to my earthly father and his because I said so, I stopped wearing shorts. When I realized that I was not honor Christ or doing things for Christ that I understood that I must repent.
After a few years, I started wearing shorts again, but this time it was because I loved Jesus and it was about His glory. What I realized was, I wear shorts all week long and then to come into His presence in a corporate manner and change who I was every other day was just as bad as coming to Him in sinful pride. I was sinning by putting on a hypocritical face; I realized that who I am Monday through Saturday is who I should be on Sunday.
Whatever I do, let me do it for the Lord, not for the pleasures or acceptance of man. And let no man speak ill of what is good, lest he be in danger of judgement. Paul says, a few verses back, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” (Rom 14:12-13)
This was not just about causing someone else to be tempted, but it was also about not putting a stumbling block to worship in front of your brother. So however, you come before the Lord, if it be within the parameters of Biblical acceptance, then come before the Lord in freedom. Let us not judge each other for there is enough persecution in the world against us already. But let us bolster each other in worship to the Lord that He may rejoice at our love for one another.