Romans 14:14 & 15
As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food
is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is
unclean. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting
in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.
Paul understood that our freedom in Christ gives us the ability to
eat anything and be thankful. But, he also knew that there were those who did not
completely understand what they had in Christ but, nevertheless, were attempting to live
out what they knew. Paul tells us here (as well as in his letter to the Corinthian
church) that we restrain our freedom out of love for our weaker brother. This restraint
of his freedom in Christ is what Paul was talking about when he said "I have become all
things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."