When we sign on for this amazing journey, we are to leave our selfish nature behind. That really has two components—1. Our thought that by being good, we may be able to earn our way into heaven; and 2. Our attitude that my behavior is irrelevant to the life of others. The call is simple, “Surrender your own desires to me and allow me to free you from the burden of sin and death.” As Christians, we then are free to live a life that is free from rule based salvation. But, we are not free from the impact we have on others. If our behavior really drags someone away from God, we need to knock it off. I have seen Christian mouths and attitudes do devastating damage to the non-believers. In our culture, a fish on your business card is often a warning to run! We as God’s kids need to be the best examples of honesty and integrity. We need to walk away from things we know cause others to question our faith. There is no treat or activity you can give up for the sake of the Gospel that God will not out bless you with better things. Whatever “IT” is in our lives, God is not requiring sacrifice for salvation—but, if you are hurting others—is it really worth it? Help me, Lord to walk in a way that draws men to you!
God Bless you
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.