Paul talks about this later on, but basically he said, “We know there is nothing to idols, but for some who came out of idolatry, this might still be a problem, so don’t do-for their sake.
We need to be constantly aware of how our actions may be perceived by other believers or even those that don’t know Christ.
We know the phrase “perception is reality”. How we behave, act and what we do will all leave an impression on others.
What do we want that perception to be?
James was telling this group to be aware of how to treat fellow believers with regard to conscience.
It’s not all about us.