“So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.” 1 Corinthians 8:11,12
There are some people we feel happy to know only for some time. As time goes on and we get to know them better, we feel terrible when we gain more knowledge about them.
As individuals everyone seeks to get better with time. Many sincerely seek to grow in faith, in the Word and live better lives. Such eager learners often stand in awe before others who speak the Word with such confidence and gusto that they fall for the image and try to emulate them in everything they do.
The truth about such people tends to creep on us unawares. We realize that the person who is very spiritual on the outside is actually very worldly and can seem to think of nothing else other than serving their own selfish ends. Imagine learning how to have relationships from an adulterer and someone who is cheating on his spouse. Imagine learning honesty from a person who likes to take credit for the work done by others.
Sooner or later the bubble bursts and the learner looks the other way in disgust, wondering if there are honest and sincere people in the world, making a bad impression about Christians who preach something and practice something else. In turn their disgust pushes them away from seeking the Lord. Offended they go elsewhere looking for better role models and teachers.
If someone had to learn from us, what would they learn?
“Dear Jesus, help me to be true in word and deed. Help me be a good example that will bring others closer to You, Amen.”