For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. – Romans 2:24
How well do we represent Christ? As His ambassadors, what should be our greatest concern? At the risk of oversimplification, there is one characteristic of a Christ-follower that seems to sit at the top of His list and that attribute is humility.
Paul vilified the Judaizers for their pride and boastful (presumed) adherence to the Mosaic Law. In fact, they preached a legalism that they themselves could never maintain and in doing so also portrayed a God who knew nothing of grace. The outcome of their boastful failure was that the people with whom they were supposed to reach the gospel instead blasphemed the God who gave it.
The world is a dark place in desperate need of some light. To those who have only known the darkness, light itself can be painful enough when first introduced. Perhaps, gentle introduction to the light of God’s truth is more preferable … and more acceptable (meaning less recoil) among those who have never heard. In such a way, may the name of God be “praised” (never blasphemed) among the nations because of you.
There is none so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full. – Thomas Watson