In his recently published International Study Guide on 1 & 2 Corinthians J. Ayodeji Adewuya offers a contemporary case study reflecting his discussion of food sacrificed to idols in 1 Cor. 8:1-11:1.
Deji is a Christian and has a sister who is married to a Muslim. He happened to visit his sister during one of the religious festivals. He witnessed the slaughtering of the ram that was accompanied with some recitation. It was time to eat and he suddenly found himself in an awkward situation. If he did not eat, he risked offending his sister and brother-in-law. More importantly, he thought he might shut the door on every opportunity to present the gospel to them. On the other hand, he thought that his participation would amount to a validation of their practice. What should he do?
What would you do?
This provided an excellent discussion in a recent 3rd year class here at Redcliffe. Different views were expressed representing various home contexts, including one student sharing about how this is an issue he confronts often when visiting his family.
It’s fine to contextualise issues for the West (what are our idols: celebrity, success, progress, cheap goods, etc.) but let’s not consign the live issues discussed in the Bible as just happening then. Of course there are nuances and differences in contemporary intercultural contexts, but we in the West need to remember that sometimes an idol is an idol.