Let us therefore no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of another. (Romans 14:13 NRSV)

There was a man who was walking down a dark street one night when he saw a faltering pinpoint of light coming toward him. He thought perhaps the person carrying the light was ill, but as he drew nearer he could see a man with a flashlight carrying a white cane.

"Why would a blind man be carrying a light?" the man wondered. And so he asked.

The blind man smiled. "I carry my light, not so I can see, but so that OTHERS can see me. I cannot help being blind," he said, "but I can help being a stumbling block."

I'm certain you realize that this is an approach to life that is completely out of step with our modern way of looking at things. Our modern attitude is "I'm looking out for me. If my lifestyle offends you, get used to it!" I'm not sure we even understand sacrificial living anymore. The idea that we should act in a certain way to keep from offending a weaker brother or sister is alien to many of us. I am not sure we can even relate to the sacrifices that some people have made for Christ. However, part of our call as Christians is not to cause one to stumble in the faith.

Dear God, help me to make the sacrifices necessary to help others in their faith journey. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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