Principle #7: Our sinful habits do hurt those who follow us.
Many times, we believe that when we do something rebellious and wicked, it only affects us. How often did I make the claim as a smoker that my bad habit would hurt me, not others? How often did I go to the bar with friends and think, “If I get drunk, it’s my hangover. It doesn’t affect others.” That could not be further from the truth, especially when we are professing Christians.
You tell people you believe the Bible is truth, and yet you go out to the bars and get drunk every weekend, or even just once a month. The Bible clearly preaches against drunkenness. Because of your disobedience and sin, someone who knows you are a Christian may think, “Hmmm, well, if he is doing it, I guess it is okay.” It can be worse than that. They may think, “Wow, Christians are no better than we are. Why should I get saved?”
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. – Romans 14:7
Somebody is always watching us. We do not want to cause someone to stumble or cause someone to steer away from the Lord!
I encourage you to watch this clip from RU Founder Steve Curington. It will truly help you to understand the need to stay away from sin, for others sake if not your own!