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Advertising Holiness

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Seeing a car plastered with religious bumper stickers, a man made this comment, "If you have to advertise your religion, you probably don't nave enough to do you any good." Too many people sing, "How Great I Art!" Jesus saw people like that. Concerning the scribes and Pharisees, he said, "All their works they do to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and en­large the borders of their garments. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi Rabbi" (Matt. 23:5-7).
The religious leaders of our time wear various types of garments to identify them as the clergy. For this, there is no scriptural example. Neither our Lord nor his apostles made a show of apparel. They were identified as servants of God by their good works. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). Our intent should be to bring glory to God. Our conduct should cause men to respect us. Solomon said, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold" (Proverbs 22:1).
Speaking of elders Paul wrote, "He must have a good report of them which are without"—non-Christians (1 Timothy 3:7). A true Christian will be known for his honesty and integrity. Peter wrote, "Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles; that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visita­tion" (1 Pet. 2:12). If you are truly religious, people will know it by your con­duct. You won't have to advertise.
 

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