Even if I give a poor witness of Christ in my life, other people do notice the good that the Church has done for me. And they very well may observe, “Wow, that works so well… for you.” They’re not quite convinced enough that the Bride of Christ holds anything for them, though.
I kind of see this (in reverse) when it comes to sexual sins as well. If I reveal that sexual release outside of marriage (i.e., the solitary vice, in this case) has brought me more trouble than any lasting benefit, someone still may advise “You need to get laid,” regardless of what I say. (If they mean “You need to get married,” I’d firmly agree, but it’s pretty clear they just mean “have intercourse, and your problems evaporate.”)
So what is our reply to situations like these? :shrug: