That the ministry (and the church as a whole) be not blamed should be our watchword engraved into the fabrics of our hearts (2 Corinthians 6:3-10; 2 Samuel 12:14; Nehemiah. 5:9; Ezekiel 36:20; Romans. 2:23-24; 2 Peter. 2:2).
These key bible passages that outline what we ought to do/be and that we ought not to do/be is sublime. To write on each point mentioned in the passage means writing a small book at least. Suffice it to say that God wants us to read and meditate on this passage (or prayerfully recite the passage) every day.
What can be more painful than that a child of God (not to talk of a Christian worker or leader is dishonouring God, dragging His name, the ministry and the entire church to shame or ridicule by engaging in sinful acts and behaviours as the unbelievers, to the shame of the Lord, the ministry and the entire church? To understand the extent of the pain and shame, contrast the sin of the unbeliever against the Christian with that of a believer against a fellow-believer (Psalm 55:12-14; 41:9; John. 13:18).
Besides, how can we say that we have been sent by God to others as light, means of restoration and oneness, etc; yet we have darkness? Should the teacher not first teach himself (Romans 2:17-23; Matthew 7:3-4). Similarly, should the physician not be healthy enough, so as to have soundness to investigate the patients’ presentations? So then, we must be people through whom the Lord is not shamed and the ministry and the church not blamed (2 Corinthian 6:3).
O Watchman On The Mountain Height (HSCF 222);
Higher Ground (HSCF 154)