A stumbling block is anything that will cause you to trip and fall. A stumbling block was first mentioned in Leviticus 19:14 when God was first starting to teach his people how to be obedient and holy. He viewed putting a stumbling block in front of a blind man or cursing a deaf man to be wicked and sinful. When God says to fear your God here, he is telling you to fear the consequences of what you do to each other, because he will bring consequences on you.
Politics is corrupting, it convinces us to make concessions of improper behavior as long as they support a political ideology. It is our responsibility as God’s people to be holy, which means many things, but the simplest definition is to be without guilt before God and each other. If we live our lives not doing wrong to each other and being obedient to God, we will have no guilt. However, it is not enough just to be without guilt for our own actions and words. It is our responsibility to address sin in the body of Christ. We have to acknowledge it and take steps to remove the yeast from our bread. If we do not address the source of the yeast, it will spread throughout and spoil everything we offer in Christ’s name.
Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
This verse tells us that we should not lie in an attempt to shield a guilty person from consequences of their actions. This includes twisting the truth to be less than the whole truth that we are aware of. Twisting or spinning the truth is something commonplace in politics, political activism, and political constituency.
If anyone sins because they do not speak up when they hear a public charge to testify regarding something they have seen or learned about, they will be held responsible.
If you witness sin and do not come forward to tell others what you have seen, you too are guilty of sin and will be held accountable for it. Your honesty is not optional, and your choice to be quiet is helping a guilty person.
Ezekiel 3: 18-21
18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
When we do nothing to try and save each other, we become their stumbling block. When we do something that pushes them away from God and toward sin instead of toward God and away from sin, we become their stumbling block. We have a responsibility to speak up and correct sin in each other, not as a punishment, but because we want them to live. If they die because of a sin we could have convinced them not to do, their death is on us, and we will be held accountable. If we don’t correct sin in our own house, how can we convince others to correct their sin? We must not make ourselves hypocrites and damage our credibility, becoming a stumbling block to those we turn away.
We were never supposed to be choosing our own leaders, as is done in the United States democratic process. Many Christians believe that they are doing God’s will by supporting politics and voting for candidates that demonstrate Christian values. That would be true if we weren’t actively trying to stack the deck in favor of our preferred candidates, if we weren’t ignoring their demonstrations of a lack of Christian values, if we weren’t making the decision to vote for a single party by sacrificing what is good and right in favor of winning. It would be true if we truly supported people who demonstrated a Christian Spirit, spoke out against those who do not with honesty and fairness, and trusted that God would work in whoever is elected.
We are trying to make God’s plan happen. It is our job to speak about our hope and bring people to Christ, so they will understand why we believe. It is not our job to make people live as we do; they must choose it or it will not be accepted by God.
Political candidates are using us, shielding themselves with our faith, and hiding as wolves among the sheep. They are spreading sin within the church, they are corrupting us, they are speaking for us. The words they say and the actions they carry out demonstrate ungodliness, but they use God’s name in vain. We must stop being a shield for the guilty. Our spirit cannot serve them and Jesus. If you truly want to trust in God and have faith that our leaders are put their by God, we have to vote for what is right, support those who do right, and let God bring them to victory.
I stand witness to a country sacrificing their faith for their party. Why would God support us with a Godly leader if we are not willing to speak out against sin? Why would he waste his time with us if we show more care for winning political power than preventing ourselves from sinning?
The United States congress is about to make a terrible decision that will complete the corruption process started by politicians over the years. Soon politicians will be able to funnel money for political power through churches, perhaps your very church, and it will be said this is being done for you. Their political power is not your gain. We are falling over their stumbling block, put before us to keep us from reaching the Kingdom of God.
You must resist corruption. You must cut the source of the yeast out of our community. The sin is spreading, corrupting, and transforming the church into a weapon for the powerful. Christianity was never meant to be a weapon for the strong, but a shield for the weak. You were told how to identify good from bad. If you don’t remember, please read it again from Jesus.
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.