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What Do People Call Us?

By Don Loftis | 01.15.14

In a recent article about native American tribes, the magazine Mental Floss highlighted some interesting facts.  One tribe called themselves “People of Flint,” while their enemies referred to them as Mohawks (which meant “maneaters”).  Another tribe referred to themselves as “People of the Big Voice,” only to hear their enemies call them Winnebago or “people with smelly feet.”

The same is true in the church.  We prefer to be identified as Christians or saints.  However, our worldly antagonists often label us narrow-minded, hypocrites, bigots, fools, or even worse.

I suppose opponents of Christ will always seek to discredit His followers.  Yet, our daily challenge is to live in such a way to diminish the effect of such charges.  During the First Century, slaves who were converted to Christ were under special scrutiny.  How would their new faith affect their service to their masters?  Paul called on Titus (2:10) to remind these new converts to live above any reproach with these words, “But showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.”

In facing the inevitable scrutiny of our detractors, let’s be sure that we adorn the teaching of the cross well. Let’s be relevant in our preaching, fresh in our ministries, compassionate in our benevolence, energetic in our worship, holy in our lifestyle and positive in our outlook.  The Gospel deserves nothing less than these traits.


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