A philosopher poses a vexing question: “If a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound?” In other words, does falling have any consequence if no one is present to witness it? People of faith could pose a similar query. “If a Christian falls in the forest, does it make a sound?” It is not uncommon to hear people defend actions committed in private: “What I do in the privacy of my own home is my business.” It is an appealing theory, but Christian morality begs to differ. When a fragile ornament falls from a tree, even though the family is out, they still must pick up the pieces upon their return. Both sin and virtue are eminently communal acts. We are uplifted by the goodness of others, but we must clean up after their brokenness. As fragile ornaments on God’s tree of life, let us strive to inspire others by our goodness instead of leaving them a mess to clean up.
Prayer: Gracious God, you made us to reflect your beauty in the world. May we handle ourselves and others with care.