“It is better no to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.”
I always say that to think nobody is watching you is to be irresponsible, and to think that everybody is watching you is to be full of yourself. Today, I want to focus on the former part of that statement.
As a Christian, even your freedom must be regulated for the sake of the people you are trying to lead. You must be an example. See Apostle Paul’s admonition in Rom 14:15: “But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.”
Paul was very clear in the earlier verses that it was not a sin to eat any kind of meat. But in the verse above, he makes a salient point about living responsibly as Christians. Even when it comes to actions that are not necessarily sinful, we must bear in mind the people ‘for whom Christ died.’
See also 1 Tim 3:7 where he talks about the requirements for anyone who would be a spiritual leader. Paul says that he must be well thought of by outsiders. In other words, it does matter what people, even non-Christians, think about you.
Your every move should be organized with the lost in mind. It may require having mercy on someone who doesn’t deserve it, letting go of some pleasures once in a while, being intentional about the places you do or don’t go. It might sometimes have an impact on what you eat or wear. There is no list of things you should or shouldn’t do. Just ensure that your heart is in the right place and make decisions bearing in mind that the people for whom Christ died are watching you.