I apologize to all you green tea lovers, but I recently drank green tea for a cleansing diet, and I don’t care for it at all.
Tastes certainly vary: some people's taste buds pop with joy when they eat Limburger cheese while others can’t even stand the smell.
Some Peruvians savor roasted guinea pig (my husband has eaten it out of courtesy). Mexicans relish tripe, the rubbery stomach lining of a cow. Japanese eat tuna eyes, and Cambodians enjoy fried tarantulas.
It's obvious that God's children enjoy a variety of tastes, and so does God. So why do Christians often have trouble enjoying that variety within the Body of Christ?
Why do we fight over doctrines long disputed by genuine Bible-believers? Why do we care more about our differences than our family ties?
Today, let's ask God to give us more grace for those with slightly different non-essential beliefs...more grace than I give green tea.
P.S. I've never actually sucked a grass-stained sock...but this is how I imagine it would taste. : )
Source: 10 Weird Foods
Non-essentials are things like Calvinism vs. Arminianism, end-times theories, Millennium views, how the gifts of the Spirit operate, etc. Essential beliefs are non-negotiable--things like the Godhood of Christ; the reliability of the Bible in defining the full Gospel; the fact that our sins are forgiven by Grace through faith, not by works; etc.
For another devotion I wrote about this subject involving my "seminary buddy," read: Productive Stables