We live in an illusion in this world that says that we can disconnect. We compartmentalize our Christian lives and as one writer put it, we live our Christian life and then our online life. What he meant by that is that we have a tendency towards duplicity.
We claim Christ, but do whatever we want to. A startling statistic from Barna the other day stated that there is little difference morally between Christians and non-Christians. What a frightening statement! It is as if we believe that what we do in life doesn’t really matter.
Many believe that the life they live only impacts themselves. There is no intersecting of my life with yours. I am free to do as I please because it is ‘my’ life anyway. You live yours and I will live mine. But is this idea true? Does my life not intersect with other people? Do I live in total isolation from the rest of the world? Nope! Our lives are like interwoven threads of a tapestry. At certain points within the threads, my life touches the threads of other people’s lives. We intersect and influence the details within the tapestry.
I believe this is why the Bible so strongly stresses being responsible for your fellow brother. We are each other’s keeper. We are to not cause each other to stumble. Our actions have consequences.
In our society, we have all but removed consequences from actions. We do not see the intertwining relationship between our actions and the far reaching consequences. The sin we do affects all those whose lives we touch. It affects our families, friends, coworkers, and even strangers.
My freedom stops when it interferes with someone else’s life. Tough lesson but we must learn it. Accountability is the KEY!
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.
27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.