One of the biggest challenges in cross cultural work is knowing what you can and cannot do. This happens both culturally and in religious settings.
The “gray areas” in Scripture are numerous. The do not’s are obvious, but there are many times when we are not sure if it is good or not to walk in a certain freedom we feel we have.
Paul gives three principles to follow which will help us know when freedom is not something we want to hold onto.
1. Give up your freedom if it stumbles another (1 Cor. 8:9) Even if something is not wrong, Paul says it becomes wrong if we cause others to stumble.
There are many times when we could do something, but should give it up for the sake of another. Issues of alcohol, music, dress, and many cultural things come to mind.