Too often we forget that as the light of the world, people watch our actions. We may think we’re no one special – that no one cares how we live unless we’re famous or in a position of leadership. But people do notice.
When you say you’re a Christian, but you’re known to cut corners at work or cheat in school; or when you curse, lie, speak badly about others behind their back or a dozen other things that even the world knows believers shouldn’t do…people notice. Classmates, co-workers, family members who aren’t believers and even those who are believers – they notice.
In Micah 1:13, God points out that the city of Lachish was the beginning of sin. The people there started to live in sin and corruption, and their influence spread beyond their city walls into the rest of the region.
So, when people look at us as Christians and see us sin intentionally and repeatedly, they with time may begin to think that if we’re doing it and we’re fine, then it must be okay.
We are all sinners. And we all know that the only example we should look up to is Jesus. After all, it can be dangerous to build up humans who make mistakes as our spiritual leaders. But we all do it – in the bloggers, Christian authors, pastors, or Instagram accounts we follow. And in turn, people may do it to us too.
So, be mindful of how you live. If you know doing x, y, or z will cause a spiritually younger Christian to stumble or take offense, then refrain (or at least don’t do it in their presence or brag about it on social media). Don’t be patient zero for sin in your family, friend group, school or church. If you’re going to be the light, take the responsibility seriously.