For the past year I have been personally meeting one-on-one with a man who has a reputation in the Christian community as a "SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN."
I can remember on many occasions leaving our times together feeling God was wonderfully changing our lives, only to learn recently from outside sources that his marriage is in crisis, and his business practices are notoriously unethical and exploitive of others.
I have also become aware that sincere Christian friends have attempted to approach him over these issues only to be rebuffed by acrimonious, self-justification.
Yet in certain Christian circles this "SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN" is known to be generous with his time and resources for the cause of Christ.
What is going on here? Why the contradictions?
The issue is "IMAGE": Here is a man who desperately wants to be viewed around town as a "SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN BUSINESSMAN". Therefore:
Maintaining a certain public image is more important than any serious quest for holiness.
By his actions, it has become obvious that he loves the "praise of man more than the praise of God."(John 12:43)
In retrospect, what was lacking in our times together was:
So, what motivates you: The pursuit of holiness or maintaining your public image?
"Enjoy Your Coffee"
Facts of the Matter: Daily Devotionals.
Michael Stanley, 55