Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil's trap.
This verse in Titus goes with the one before it speaking about what criteria an elder must have in the church, but we need to learn from it even if we aren't elders.
It is interesting sometimes when you are talking to someone sometimes and find out they are a Christian. Sometimes you know (or guess) they are by how they act. And some, well, it is shocking. Not to judge anyone, but there are some actions that you don't expect a Christian to do.
A Strip Club on Saturday and church on Sunday doesn't scream "Christian".
Cussing like a sailor doesn't scream Christian (even if you are one).
I'm afraid to step on some toes with today's devotional. Know that I'm not judging you. But the outside world is.
How many times have you either been talking with someone or in a disagreement with someone and the sentence, "I thought you were a Christian." comes out of their mouth. Strangely, the non-Christian's in the world seem to know exactly how a Christian is supposed to act and if you don't, they call you on it. It is annoying, but it is true.
We have to be the example (and use Jesus as ours). We won't be perfect, but we can try out best to do what we are supposed to-- AND if we mess up, we need to say we are sorry. We don't want to give the world any (more) reason to think bad of Christianity.
God Bless You!