What a blessing to be identified with God. John said, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1).
The world does not understand Christians because they don’t know our Father. But when unbelievers see wrong in us, they'll think they know more than enough about us, and Him, already.
The apostle Paul’s soberly warned that when you break the law, you dishonor God—and can cause unbelievers to speak ill of Him as well. Quoting Isa. 52:5, he says, “‘THE NAME OF GOD IS BLASPHEMED AMONG THE GENTILES BECAUSE OF YOU,” just as it is written” (Rom. 2:24). And Ezekiel said, “You have profaned My holy name among the nations where you have gone” (Ezek. 36:22).
Have ever you heard someone say, “If that’s Christianity, I want no part of it”? Believers face reproach enough in doing right in a wicked world. But doing wrong reflects especially poorly on our Father. Christian, if you are maligned, make sure it’s only for doing right.
Sometimes, we need Nehemiah’s words again: “The thing which you are doing is not go