Years ago I shared with a College Professor that, “The more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.” That statement has surfaced in my reflecting once again. I have been drawn to I Corinthians 8. This is a chapter in which Paul wrote not only about the food sacrificed, but also about “Knowledge” and the use of it.
There were then, as there are today, many people that were somewhat knowledgeable – but their knowledge was (and is) limited. There were some that even thought they knew it all. But in I Corinthians 8:2 Paul wrote, “Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.” The issue for Paul and the Church in Corinth was whether or not it was correct for humans to consume the food that had been offered to idols. Some thought it was a waste of good food while others felt that the food had become defiled or marred or tainted.
It is like the “Todd County Tilt” – what in the world is a “Todd County Tilt”? I had no idea and my knowledge is still limited. A young person shared with me what it was about. In the area of the country where I live, some of the younger folks are taking Pickup trucks and modifying the suspension so that the back part of the truck tilts lower then the front of the truck. Some of the younger people are calling it the “Todd County Tilt”. For me it is messing up a good Pickup – but for some it is the cool thing to do to their truck. Therefore it is easy to understand that there are different opinions on the same issue. I think one way and some people think another way.
But here is the KICKER! It did not matter in the eyes of Paul if you ate the meat offered to idols or not – what mattered was if you were being a stumbling block for others – and thereby hindered their relationship with Christ.
It really is not important to God, or me, if someone wants to modify there Pickup truck and if they even call it the “Todd County Tilt” or not. What should be important to me is their walk with Christ.
The concept of what Paul was writing about in I Corinthians 8 can be applied to countless issues that face you and I today. While we may think we know it all – Beware – “Now I know in part;” according to I Corinthians 13:12. Therefore we all need to become more knowledgeable – stretch and question – it may even surprise you to learn that you still have a lot to learn – about everything from God, to the way you live and think about the everyday issues we all face.