Because of its strategic location it had booming business and trade.
The two Temples, Apollo and Aphrodite influenced the social and cultural life, and also brought temple prostitution.
As someone said “The people were intellectually proud, materially affluent and morally corrupt.”
Idol worship had impacted every facet of their day to day life.
Apostle Paul says even the meat that was sold in the market was first offered to idols.
In chapter 10 we, believers in the Lord Jesus can learn some lessons how to deal with the complexities of 21st century life in a secular world.
Corinthian Church was a combination of Jewish and gentile Christians.
In first 11 verses Paul cites examples from the past to warn the Christians at Corinth to be careful in spiritual matters.
Verses 12-22 we are encouraged to stand firm and face temptations in our day to day to day life.
Not only standing firm in our convictions and faith, we have to deal with idolatry of a different nature.
We have to understand that an idol is something that replaces God in our heart.
We have to deal with idols of various kinds including walking a dog on Sunday morning instead of going to a Church.
The priority we give to a thing or a chore can be our idol today.
So we have to flee from such idols in our world today.
In Verses 23-28 Apostle Paul talks about freedom of a Christian in a secular world.
We have freedom but with a caution that “NOT EVERYTHING IS BENEFICIAL OR CONSTRUCTIVE”
Our actions and words must help others come to know the Lord but not to drive them away further.
Paul concludes in verses 29-33 that whatever we do, or eat, or say must glorify God.
We need to deal with idols of various kinds and strive to please God with doing things that benefit and constructive in the body of Christ.