|Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to thrown into the sea with a millstone tied round his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” –Luke 17:1-2
What did Jesus mean when he spoke these words to his disciples? I once knew a young pastor who volunteered to be a campus minister; he was married and had one child. He usually came on campus for a weekly Bible Study that a Christian group put together. One of the girls involved with the ministry was attracted to the pastor, but she knew that he was married and couldn’t have anything to do with her other than a mentor-mentee relationship. In spite of this, the young lady was still curious to see if she could get the pastor to become attracted to her, so she dressed in inappropriate clothing and acted in a very flirtatious manner towards him. The pastor, knowing what could happen decided to leave Bible Study immediately after it finished every week so as to avoid falling into sin.
To cut the long story short, the pastor ended up falling into sin with this young lady. Who is at fault here? If you answered both, you are absolutely correct, but for the sake of today’s discussion, I will only focus on the fault of the lady. What Jesus is essentially saying in verse 1 is that people are bound to trip, but woe to you if you set the stumbling blocks in their way. I am afraid to even imagine the consequences that the young lady would face before her creator for her actions.
There are so many times that we tempt others and possibly cause them to sin without even realizing it. I can’t count how many times I have forced others to gossip just to feed my curiosity. I have forced many to lie so as to save myself, and I have even caused people to sin by bringing them into each other’s lives (playing matchmaker) knowing that it was not of God. However, the more I grow in Christian maturity, the more the errors of my ways become more evident. So, I want to urge you to be mindful of the careless things you do or say that may cause another person to fall into sin. Develop a godlier mind by thinking about the consequences of your actions before engaging in them. If you feel convicted about something, steer clear of it so that you may save yourself and anyone else involved.
There will always be temptations to sin, but how terrible it will be for the person who does the tempting. It is my prayer that none of us will ever face the wrath in store for those who cause another to sin. Be warned!
Stay blessed and spread the word.