“If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience sake.” I Corinthians 10:27
Have you ever eaten what was set before you, knowing it might make you seriously ill?
“Just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” I Corinthians 10:33
Lettuce was only grown in large African cities next to rivers with enough water to irrigate. Because of open sewers, all vegetables were soaked in a solution of bleach water for thirty minutes. Lettuce could be dangerous if the leaves were not soaked well to kill harmful microbes. We were instructed to never eat lettuce anywhere.
I was invited to a village ceremony. As I walked into the leader’s home, he pointed to the table and said, “I heard you Americans love salad, so I traveled to the city and bought this just for you.”
“Thank you.” I stared at the giant bowl of lettuce leaves, wondering if I could eat them.
After I prayed, he heaped leaves on my plate with the rest of the meal. I ate them. Miraculously, I never became sick.
Today whenever I see a giant bowl of lettuce leaves I’m reminded that sometimes, we must do something unpleasant, so we won’t offend, and only then can we share the Gospel.