Stumbling Little Ones
Social media lights up the hidden places when a powerful leader makes a pass at another man’s wife, and another makes comments about the build of a sixteen-year-old girl. When I was a boy, my own parents used to warn, “Remember, God is always watching!” Now we need to add, “Remember an iPhone or Android is always recording.”
The moral indignation of social networking usually works its convicting magic after a few days, and the exposed leader offers a public apology, but as I seek to live in Mark’s Gospel account, it’s not the moral indignation of social media that scares me. It’s the justice in Jesus’ eyes and his convicting words.
What does he have to say when our behavior becomes a stumbling block to a woman who needs to meet him? How does Jesus penetrate deep to expose how power numbs a leader so that they don’t even discern the lust in their thoughts or the abuse in their sexual advances?
“And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to be cast into the sea with a heavy millstone (a stone so large only a strong donkey could work it) to be hung around his neck. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It’s better for you to be an amputee, than have two hands and to go to hell, where the fire is unquenchable. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It’s better to live life with one foot, then have two and be thrown into hell. If your eye causes you to stumble, remove it. It’s better to be one-eyed, than have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how will it be made salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:42-50
When I’m tempted to touch things with my hands I’m not supposed to touch, Jesus’ intense warning can pull my hand back. When I’m tempted to go places with my feet to do things I’m not supposed to do, Jesus’s words can act as a brake, and when my eyes are seduced to desire what he does not desire for me, his words can turn my eyes away. He uses the fire of these temptations to make me thirst for his Spirit control so that he can make me salty so that unbelievers will thirst for the forgiveness only Jesus can provide.
LORD, generate child-like servanthood as I interact not only with sisters today, but also with brothers. Help me not to hunger for the trappings of power and position, but for obedience to your words so that I won’t cause one of your little ones to stumble. Like Job, help my eyes, feet, and hands to be pure (Job 31:1, 5, 7). Please work your conviction and forgiving love in the lives of high profile leaders who have stumbled and caused others to stumble.
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