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!