"So we are Christ's ambassadors,
God making His appeal as it were through us.
We [as Christ's personal representatives]
beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor
[now offered you] and be reconciled to God."
2 Corinthian 5:20
Remember the Lord of the Rings craze?
I know, like anything that goes long and strong in the media and pop culture,
it wearied many.
However, I have to say, we were and are Lord of the Rings fans.
We were Tolkien fans, before Tolkien was hip.
As a result, many of those movie lines show up in our movie line repertoire.
There's a scene where one of the bad guys (Sauromon) says to his evil creations,
"Whom do you serve?"
It's all very wonderfully, dastardly!
Our culture is very aware on some levels
of the obligation to "represent".
It just depends on what your interests are what that word means to you.
As a matter of fact, when I did a search on the word "representing"
no less than 3,286 photos came up.
The photos illustrated everything from the drug culture ,
to sports fans committed to their team.
***For the purpose of illustrating ONLY***
During my time AFK, I heard a news report about one of the presidential candidates' staff members, making some colorful statements about their perceptions of an opponent candidate.
It caused quite a stir.
The stir was because, when we represent someone or something (organization, etc.),
what we say and do is not about us, it reflects on who we represent!
When we are passionate about something, sometimes we forget that.
We forget, in the heat of the moment, the heat of life,
our need to be measured in our responses and communication, to be deliberate,
purposeful, self-controlled (fruit of the Spirit)
Hearing the reaction of the media over the incident,
got me to thinking about the whole representing thing.
As a former supervisor in a law enforcement agency,
and according to the way my parents raised me,
I have ALWAYS been very aware that where ever I go,
whatever I do, my actions or lack thereof reflect on someone.
Either my family, my husband, my children, my church, my employer, or
My Abba Father.
To this day, there is not Christian anything on my car, anywhere.
NOT because I don't own up to being Christian.
But, I would hate for the one time in a million,
that I think I need to honk my horn or throw my hands up in the air in disgust
(I'm a pretty mellow driver, I like the time to think),
to be the same time they notice the fish on my bumper.
Is it wrong on occasion to be angry? Nope! Absolutely not.
But, I don't want to be someone's stumbling block!
Someone's reason to justify why they don't want to go to church ,
and be with other Christians. You know what I mean?
I make a habit of befriending the clerks at the stores I shop at regularly
(you may read that as Walmart & Publix!).
(which I shall not point out!) will cause me to be greatly, greatly provoked!
It can happen!
What helps me hold it together, to measure my response,
is the question Sauromon asked,
"WHOM do you serve?"
Have a great day, Ya'll!