Guess What is Being Said About You?
Political races are not for the thin-skinned. From what I see and hear on most political campaign ads on television, no political candidate should be “free to run” for any office. Each one running for a public office reports that his opponent is a criminal who cannot be trusted, and his reputation is highly tarnished. By the time of the election, if we were to take campaign advertising seriously, we would not vote for anyone campaigning. Rather, we would seek to get those people arrested as soon as humanly possible.
Sadly, there are too many news stories of moral failure in every sector of life. No profession is exempt, and every new criminal charge works to make us skeptical of everybody. Listening to the news can create grave concern for a parent sending a child to school, to church, or to a sporting event with a coach. The internet for all of its good information can be used by a predator to move silently into the lives of the most trusting and inexperienced children.
If a person is not governed within by the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the mind of Christ, then actions can quickly spiral into zones that are despicable. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”. (Prov.14:34). A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. (Prov.22:1). In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. (Prov.22:5).
Here is a clear comparison between character and reputation….
Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next.
The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.
Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are.
Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have when you go away.
Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime.
Reputation grows like a mushroom; Character grows like an oak.
Your reputation is learned in an hour; Your character is does not come to light for a year.
A single newspaper report gives your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor; Character makes you happy or makes you miserable.
Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone; Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.
Your reputation is what men think you are. Your character is what God knows you to be. (William Hershey Davis).