I am always impressed, when I read Apostle Paul’s letters, at his deep concern that the daily lives and behavior of Christians not harm the spreading of the gospel and hinder the positive influence that Christians have on their neighbors and the broader culture. He seems to be saying to followers of Jesus… “Be a nice person and a good citizen because you are Christian and represent Jesus Christ!”
For example, this morning I read these words that Paul wrote to Titus, a church leader in Crete (a tough place to serve the Lord) during the first century…
“Remind them (Cretan Christians in the first century) to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people.” ( from Paul’s letter Titus 3:1–2 the NET Bible)
Now, that’s just practical good advice for Christians today who want to influence positively their culture for Christ! … Here’s my paraphrase of it…”Obey the law and show respect to your leaders! Do good! Watch your mouth! Be a positive influence in your community and not a ‘rabble rouser!’ And remember, kindness and courtesy go a long way toward influencing others for Christ!”
Lord, help me to be that kind of Christian!