Scripture: “Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1)
Thought: Influence can be a hard thing to get but an easy thing to lose. As we live our life in the gospel we are called, to one extent or another, to spread the fragrance of God’s grace (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). Yet a moment of intentional ignorance can become a stumbling block to others; possibly for the rest of their life. This is why soberness is a standard (1 Thessalonians 5:5-10). Folly (i.e. foolish behavior or unnecessary silliness that leads to sinful behavior as is mentioned in Ephesians 5:1-7) must be avoided not only for our personal reputation, but more importantly for the sake of our influence in Christ Jesus and for his kingdom.
Prayer: Thank you Father for the pleasing aroma given to us through Jesus, and for the covering of sin that it provides. Help us to understand its value and to guard it. Help us to put away childish things and to seek the spiritual maturity that causes your name to be glorified through the wisdom and honor you have bestowed upon us through your Son, and our Savior.
Recently the ole’ Duck Dynasty group has been making the headlines in places such as Fox News, New York Daily News, MSN, Huffington Post and no doubt a whole lot of Face Book posts (just Google it if you’ve been out of the loop). And what’s the reason for such attention? It’s only their latest merchandise endeavor – good, old-fashioned alcoholic wine.
I hope you pick up on the sarcasm there when I use the word good.
But sure enough, the winery world is a buzz over the latest label being placed on the shelves because they’ll soon be buzzing off of the “reality” TV family’s alcoholic drink of choice. You know, the TV show that’s proud to bring faith into the living rooms of TV land.
Now let me be completely up front – I don’t care for the show. The show had been around for quite a while before I actually watched a couple of episodes; neither of which impressed me. In both episodes there were a few comments that really made me scratch my head due to the fact that the show had been labeled as wholesome. So I must admit that I’ve never really understood the attraction before or after I saw them in action. But with their latest move I can understand why they may be so popular with the world…after all, saying grace while tossing a few back is something that a lot people find appealing.
I’m saying what I’m saying because no matter what flavor the wine comes in the move is in poor spiritual taste. I mean what’s next – a beard on a Clydesdale?
Regardless of how I feel about the show, the show has a huge sphere of influence – but encouraging people to live under the influence of alcohol in any way isn’t a sphere that I’d be interested in if I were them. The Bible uses strong words of warning when it comes to the use of wine and strong drink (Proverbs 23:29-35). And the people of God are encouraged to get their buzz off of doing God’s will and we’re to encourage others to do so as well (Ephesians 5:17-20). So why would a person go after the wine of the vine and promote it if what they’re trying to promote is the Vine of John 15?
Please don’t take what I’m about to say as sour grapes, but it sure seems as if the “dynasty” has traded the ducks for the bucks…and I’m not talking about the kind that has antlers.
“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
I would have to say an elder in the Falls of Nuce church of Christ in Raleigh, NC. I had been absent from God for a number of years and he went out of his way to greet and welcome me the first time I visited the congregation. I tried to sneak out the door and he followed me. After talking for a while and encouraging me to return, which I did and confessed my prodicalness, he became my mentor. As for someone presently in my life I would have to say Jim Reyna, a preacher in a neighboring town, where I attended for a number of years. He finally received a liver transplant in Oct. 2009. He was suffering from Hepatitis C, from a tainted blood transfusion.Prior to his transplant he went through four life threatening incidents from vein back pressure to the liver causing vein leakage and ruptures. Nearly died twice. After the transplant they had to go back in twice to fix both the left and right arterial blood vessels to the liver for blockage. On march 12th his liver examinations show signs of rejection. They sent him back to Baylor Univ. Med. Center for in depth examination where they found the Bile duct to be the problem. He went back into surgery to have it reconstructed, then went back in again due to internal bleeding. He is coming home today. His stamina is an inspiration to me. I personally may have given up a long time ago.
The Christian is admonished to be an influence in the world in which he or she lives. How do we “let our light shine?” Christianity is a religion of both doctrine and action. To truly be the “light of the world,” we must live out our convictions. We must make sure that our lifestyle coincides with what we are preaching and teaching. This is commonly called, “practice what you preach.”
We must know what we believe and why. We must have a personal faith. We must let people see our faith in action as well as having them hear about our faith. Let’s strive to live out our faith as we await the coming of the “Blessed Hope.”