Is Our Writing Hindering Others?

IM000762.JPG“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.”   2 Corinthians 6:3

Christians should be held to a higher standard. After all, we are supposed to represent God’s love and values here on earth. The sad thing is this doesn’t always happen. Some people who profess to be Christian use foul language, are sexually promiscuous, and/or do not live a lifestyle which demonstrates a love for God.

Non-Christians see this behavior and get a very skewed picture of what Christianity is all about. The people who are Christian in name only are stumbling blocks and give Christianity a bad taste to non-Christians. From this behavior all Christians are grouped together as hypocrites.

Because of this we must look at our writing. If we are known as Christian writers does our writing portray that?

James N. Watkins in his book “Communicate to Change Lives in Person and Print” wrote, “The questions I constantly have to ask myself as I write my weekly newspaper column are these:  Is the column ‘full of grace’? Will this draw my opponents and ‘outsiders’ closer to Jesus, or drive them further from Him? Or to paraphrase 2 Corinthians 6:3, ‘We try to write in such a way that no one will be hindered from finding the Lord by the way we write’.” (page 80)

Our mission is to bring people to the Lord through our writing. None of us want to be a stumbling block to someone who is seeking Jesus.

However, our writing isn’t everything. We also need to be living as Christians should. We are influencing people through all aspects of our lives, our actions, our writing, our speech. Let’s make sure we are not a hindrance for people wanting to enter into a relationship with the Lord.

Examine your writing. Is there anything in it which could produce stumbling blocks?

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