Women in the Military: “At some point during the training [female cadets] would have a crying fit, at which some men would feel sorry for them or would be like, “I don’t know what to do.” Other men would just look at them and be like, “Humph, she’s weak.” So I say it depends on the individual. Some who were sexually assaulted, it was basically … Continue reading Monstrous Regiment of Woman: Interview with female former cadet
Proverbs confirms for us that a good reputation is something to be treasured (Proverbs 22:1). However, sometimes we place more value on our own reputation (which is often a façade) than we do on the reputation of our God. We care more about how we look to others than we do on how well we represent our Lord.
By living a life sorely inconsistent with our testimony, we allow God’s name to be slandered—to be blasphemed. We give opportunity to the enemies of the Lord to say, “Look at that! I knew what that preacher taught wasn’t true!”
Of course, that would be likened to knowing of a great math scholar who made a public spectacle of himself by cheating on a math problem or manipulating his students. We wouldn’t then say, “I don’t believe in what that scholar taught anymore. Math is a sham!” The math would be good and true, the mathematician fallible.
It is human nature to place too much trust in man—to allow others to take the place of honor in our lives that only God should own. Yet, even Paul said, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
The problem comes when we simply follow the man and not what he represents in Christ—when we create idols out of men—men with hearts of stone and feet of clay.
Yet, because of man’s frequent lack of discernment (we are called sheep for a reason), God holds leaders to a higher standard. They are to humbly view their pupils as those whom they are called to sacredly serve and teach, not as subjects to be used. Continue reading “Blashphemed or Hallowed Be His Name?”