I just started a thread about swearing, and in it I touched upon whether or not people try to correct themselves in contexts where swearing, IF sinful, may give scandal. Then I realized that the question about scandal could be applied to all sins.
So here’s the question: When you do something you believe is sinful, and you do it in the presence of–or even including–others, do you go out of your way to make it known that you disapprove of your own behavior, in order to avoid giving the scandalous impression that you think the sinful behavior is okay?
I realize that actions speak louder than words, and the best way to avoid giving scandal is obviously to not sin in the first place, especially not in front of others, but if you DO commit sin in such contexts, does the possibility of giving scandal bother you enough that you try to make your moral convictions clear–while admitting that you have transgressed them–or do you (consciously) approach it in such a way that those who have witnessed your sin (or been involved in it) may be left with no hint whatsoever that you actually disapprove of your own behavior?
If you don’t try to rectify or mitigate the scandal, why not? Fear of looking like a hypocrite? Something else?
For my own answer, if I sin around someone (which I shouldn’t sin in the first place, of course!), I usually do go out of my way to emphasize that, although I am guilty of whatever behavior, I believe it’s wrong, especially if the person knows or may likely discover that I am Catholic.
Blessings in Christ,