Blasphemy – Because of You

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 2:17-29

The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you. (v. 24)

It was the largest church in town, and its pastor had led the fight against pornography and prostitution. But now he was nowhere to be found. He had left his wife and family, run off with a church staff member, and embezzled church funds.

Talk was buzzing among unchurched townspeople. “Why should I go to church? The people there are as bad as the rest of us.” “What a bunch of hypocrites! Is that what religion is all about?” “If that’s what the Bible produces—people who rail on porn but commit adultery—who needs it!”

In his discussion of human sin, Paul points the finger at God’s people (the Jews) as well as at the Gentiles. Even in his day, some of God’s people lived hypocritical lifestyles that caused the Gentile unbelievers to shake their heads. And as a result, God got a bad name. It shouldn’t be that way, but it happens.

Being born into a believing family does not insulate us from sin. God wants his own people to fight against sin, live holy and pure lives, and repent when we do sin. And never should we manifest a holier-than-thou attitude. Remember: our conduct reflects upon the name of our Savior.

PRAYER

God, may your name never be blasphemed among unbelievers because of something I have done. Amen.