Dave Black has been posting “Conclusions” from his study of the strong/weak language in Paul’s letters. This is his sixteenth conclusion (posted only 30 minutes ago – February 3, 2010 at 7:31 pm):
In the Pauline ethic, a firm conviction of monotheism is of less importance than the love of one’s Christian brother. Paul insists that strong Christians should hold their liberty in check in deference to their weaker brethren. Moreover, the duty of the strong is not only to avoid placing stumbling blocks before the weak, but also to remove them.
I wonder what would happen if we always treated one another as the “weaker” brother or sister, meaning we always defer to the other person, always avoid placing stumbling blocks in their way, and always attempt to remove any stumbling blocks that might be there. Will we ever know?