We all want to see a change for the good in society. It is tempting to champion any movement that has some of the right values. But political allegiances often stir up considerable controversy and heightened tension. The potential for serious consequences increases when they become closely associated with the gospel. This is what Gary and his fellow church members discover in this scenario. How can we stop our politics getting in the way of the gospel? And how do we remove the damage when they do?
The Concerning Scandal podcast applies the biblical principles of avoiding spiritual harm by looking at the real-life scenarios in which stumbling blocks arise. We can use the spiritual wisdom of James Durham’s classic book in situations we are all too familiar with.
This podcast episode presents us with a real-life scenario where unintended consequences can result from a close association between religion and politics. We need to be on the watch for these kinds of situations. How do the opinions we share and promote and the tone in which they are expressed impact on others spiritually? There are many other stumbling blocks that can get in the way of people accessing the gospel. This scenario can help us think about how to deal with those too.
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The implications of this are virtually all-encompassing. There are few things we must take more seriously than this in the Christian life.
To explore this issue further, you may find it helpful to read the article 7 Reasons to Avoid Stumbling Others.
You will discover how a stumbling block in Scripture is not simply an obstacle. It is anyone or anything by which someone is drawn into sin or error. Or it may simply hinder them from being edified. Scripture tells that it can happen even through things that aren’t in themselves sinful. David Dickson explains the teaching of Christ on this subject in Matthew 18.
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In The Scandal of Stumbling Blocks, James Durham helps us to consider this vital issue deeply by defining the nature of stumbling as well as showing its serious consequences. He looks in considerable detail at different kinds of stumbling and identifies the ways that people can stumble and be stumbled. Durham provides practical advice for avoiding and preventing offence.
Now edited in modern English, Durham’s classic treatment on considerate Christianity can be used to edify a new generation.