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A Good Name

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” (Prov.22:1).  Seemingly, security systems for everything we own are being sold.  Home security, virus protection, car alarms, storm warning apps, and lots of other e-gadgets and hardware are on the market to protect our “stuff”.  The mystery to me is that with all of that stalwart effort to make sure what is ours is not stolen or compromised, one would think that we would see more people seeking to guard their reputation and character at all costs.

For a culture that is aware of material value, we are not concerned about the good name we were given by our father and making sure that it remains reputable and trustworthy when we give it to our children.  There are many snares that can trip us up every day.  We are one decision, one act, or one choice away from ruining a name that has been unblemished.  No one that was ever exposed ever believed that what they are doing in secret would be made known publicly.  How many times have we seen on the evening news, the embarrassed face of a preacher, teacher, coach, politician, or some other person of notoriety seeking to hide their face having been arrested for a crime?

We applaud the many people that stood up for righteousness when given the opportunity to do otherwise.  It is not because the opportunity for publicity was about something bad.  Rather, it is because the way in which the honor would be portrayed or who would be “giving the honor” was not honorable.  To say “no” to a prestigious award from the wrong promoters takes character and courage.

“Ken Walker writes in Christian Reader that in the 1995 college football season 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound Clay Shiver, who played center for the Florida State Seminoles, was regarded as one of the best in the nation. In fact, one magazine wanted to name him to their preseason All-American football team. But that was a problem, because the magazine was Playboy, and Clay Shiver is a dedicated Christian.”

“Shiver and the team chaplain suspected that Playboy would select him, and so he had time to prepare his response. Shiver knew well what a boon this could be for his career. Being chosen for this All-American team meant that sportswriters regarded him as the best in the nation at his position. Such publicity never hurts athletes who aspire to the pros and to multi-million dollar contracts.”

“But Shiver had higher values and priorities. When informed that Playboy had made their selection, Clay Shiver simply said, ‘No thanks.’ That’s right, he flatly turned down the honor. ‘Clay didn’t want to embarrass his mother and grandmother by appearing in the magazine or giving old high school friends an excuse to buy that issue,’ writes Walker. Shiver further explained by quoting Luke 12:48: ‘To whom much is given, of him much is required.’”  “I don’t want to let anyone down,” said Shiver, “and number one on that list is God” (Copied).