Calibrating Your Conscience

Sun, Sep 08, 2019
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. - Romans 14:22-23 (ESV) In the classic Disney movie, on his journey to become a real boy, Pinocchio is given a guide and friend Jiminy Cricket, who is to be his living conscience. This little creature is there throughout the move to advise, direct, and warn. At various times he is heeded and ignored. In the end, we are left with the classic phrase, 'Let your conscience be your guide.' But is that good advice? Should we be listening to our conscience? Will it every steer you wrong? What happens if we consistently ignore it? Or what happens if it constantly makes us feel guilty? This week I want to take a week to look at this concept though a Biblical lens. This is a critical question in exploring the idea of weak and strong faith and in dealing with debatable and non-essential issues as Paul does in Romans 14. Why not take a few minutes to read back through Romans 14 to remind yourself of the passage and think of some times where you struggled with your own conscience.
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