Just a bit of reflection… of something that I am just as guilty of as those that I see doing it.

A thought that often pops up in my mind as I read “Christian” blogs and comments when people call each other names (liar, heretic, emergent, whatever) and the response that follows – why do we care so much about our “good names”.

When I look at the Lord’s Prayer this part stands in contrast to how we react to people calling our name or character into question:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,

If we live for the honor of God’s name we cannot simultaneously live for the honor of our own name. It’s like trying to serve two gods – it’s a conflict of interests.

I cannot find one scripture where Jesus reacted to anyone who attacked his character. Whenever someone said something bad about Him, He always pointed them to the character of his Father. One example that stands out for me is the one in Luke 15 where Jesus is accused of associating Himself with sinners. He could have reacted in anger, telling them about how they where hypocrites being sinners themselves while He is holy and never sins. But instead He tells three stories demonstrating his Father’s heart for sinners.

If we confess that we have died with Christ and are raised in a new life with Him, living for His cause and not our own, our name and reputation shouldn’t be of concern. This protecting of our reputation on blogs and in comments shouldn’t be.

Now, I know this is process we grow in – laying down our lives. That is why we should also have grace for one another in this respect.

May we live for the honor of His Name alone!

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1   Nathanael    http://www.borrowedbreath.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 9:28 am

We, of all people, have nothing to lose.

2   Jerry    http://www.jerryhillyer.com
November 24th, 2010 at 9:48 am

Eugene,

I’m glad you wrote this. Thank you. This is an excellent thought, well said.

jerry

3   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 9:48 am

“made Himself of no reputation”

I have long ago come to this conclusion: I am much worse that my friends think of me, and I am somewhat better than my enemies say of me. In the end, when the refining fires in heaven have sifted my life, everything of me will be gone and only what is of Him will remain.

Like Abraham, I have nothing about which to brag although my flesh continues to look for something.

4   Christian P    http://www.churchvoices.com
November 24th, 2010 at 10:53 am

Well said, Eugene.

5   Joe    http://christianresearchnetwork.com/index.php?s=john+chisham
November 24th, 2010 at 10:58 am

Do you think there is a bit of a balance here though? I mean there is Proverbs 22:1 and Ecc 7:1, that both talk about the value of a good name.
I agree that who cares what someone writes on a blog somewhere but I wonder if there is a balance between not caring at all about our name and caring so much that we climb the puffed up ladder?

6   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

“…and if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don’t know.”

10 points if you can identify the source.

7   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Dumela rra!

8   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son… (off of one of their early albums)…

9   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

#8 – Bingo! I believe the lead singer became a believer, not in the ODM definition, but in the justification by faith definition. :cool:

10   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
November 24th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Kerry Livgren, and yes…

11   Eugene    http://eugeneroberts.wordpress.com
November 27th, 2010 at 8:35 am

#6 – Thanks Joe for those scriptures. It had me thinking some more.

Though, I think a good name is not earned from people but given by God. I’m thinking of Phil 2:9-11 here.

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

I think the balance lies in obedience. If we are obedient to God (and in that we will not lie, steal, or whatever people normally equates with a bad name) He will give us the honorable name in due time. So, our focus should be on obedience rather than the good name.