Christ said, "The Kingdom of God is like the yeast a woman used in making bread.
Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough" (Luke 13:21).
He could as well have substituted the word "influence" in place of "yeast." Because a
bad influence by anyone can spread. And when a leader is a bad influence, an entire nation can do as the teenager who argues
that "everyone is doing it, so why can’t I?" And in Bible language, woe unto the person who does that, because
the sins of many may fall to him at the Great Judgment Day.
For example, a person
whose moves are watched and imitated where possible, can see our flag burned but does nothing about it, nor even comments
against such actions, is saying, "Go ahead; it’s your right." And the very freedom that lets such things happen,
is treading on the freedom he’s claiming. The same can be said of attitudes about religion and attending church. Or
being unfriendly to other nations that are being threatened by other leaders who don’t agree that country’s religious
And just as important…a Christian who has certain beliefs as
to food or religious convictions, but who flaunts his "right" to do things he knows are against another person’s
persuasions, will not be found innocent at God’s Judgment. I’ve found seven places in the Bible that speak of
persons "doing right in their own eyes," but it doesn’t say this is the correct thing to do, and it indicates
that a person can be sincere, but wrong. "There is a way which seemeth right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways
of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
One more thought: 1st Corinthians 6:12 says,
"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…" There things you can do that are not sins,
but if they might be taken the wrong way by another, it’s best not to do them.
God is watching, and the person next door probably is, too.