We love hearing someone who’s loud, funny, exhilarating, entertaining, and admittedly oftentimes offensive and provocative, don’t we? People like former U.S. President Trump, comedian Dave Chappelle, or former pastor Mark Driscoll are beloved for their crude language and edgy personalities. Christians can often get caught up in a person’s charisma and personality and simply gloss over their character flaws. A lot of preachers can say stuff off the rails, and Christians don’t hold them accountable. We can enjoy how someone speaks, but we don’t have to idolize them or see them as above reproach. Let’s hold our favorite celebrities to the same holy standards we would hold people we know personally.
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”
– 1 Timothy 3:1-7 [ESV]
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
– Ephesians 4:29 [KJV]