Unlimited: Opinions Over Sacred Days
Oct 2, 2023 222
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind (Romans 14:5).
In this section of the book of Romans, Paul is specifically referring to what we choose to eat and drink. Now he turns his attention to any days that Christians regard as sacred.
Some people make these sorts of things so important as to be dividing lines between the saved and the unsaved, or better Christians and worse Christians. Paul recognises this when he says that “One person considers one day more sacred than another.” Other Christians think every day is equally sacred.
On the question of the sacredness of days, Paul emphasises the importance of freedom of conscience.
We are not to judge one another based on the food we eat or the days we observe. Paul repeated the same idea in his letter to the Colossians:
…do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day (Col. 2:16.)
Paul is essentially saying that these things don’t matter as much as others. What does matter most in these matters, says the apostle Paul, is to follow our own convictions, without judging others. On the question of the sacredness of days, Paul emphasises the importance of freedom of conscience.
Why does Paul take this position? Because throughout his writings, the apostle Paul always and consistently relativises everything under the Gospel. The Cross is above all.
What are the issues on which you personally draw dividing lines between Christians? Reflect on whether they are the ones that really matter.