You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
—1 CORINTHIANS 10:21—
D. B. | Asia
Here we are challenged and exhorted to have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and His church rather than idols. This is because no one can truly have fellowship both with God and with idols. As Jesus Himself declared, no one can serve two masters. The context of this verse encourages us to prioritize Christ and His body, and avoid all other priorities which do not encourage greater intimacy with God. Does a watching world see the contrast of your life in loving Christ more than former lusts and idols you once served? The Corinthians were saved from worshiping a pantheon of idols (1 Cor. 12:2), and some of them were now being divisive by flaunting their freedom in eating food sacrificed to idols. The man who says he is loyal to God and yet still continues to publicly support idol worship provokes God’s jealousy (1 Cor. 10:22). How quickly one can hurt other Christians or hinder one’s witness to a watching, unbelieving world. Paul states that a Christian cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons, especially in a public way. In the country that I live in and serve, many of us are saved from the worship of actual idols. As believers, we must separate ourselves from any form of participation with those idols that were followed before salvation.
Yet this is not an issue only in the East. In the West, the idols are worldviews or pursuits, such as entertainment, fashion, and material-ism. This text should make us examine our witness. Does a watching world see the contrast of your life in loving Christ more than former lusts and idols you once served?