"One Big Mistake"
September 18, 2014
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12
Desmond Hague was a man who pretty much had it all.
Hague had a brilliant mind; he was a hard worker, a brilliant decision-maker, a fellow who had managed to work his way to the top. Still, it was a special thing when he, at a relatively young age, became the CEO of Centerplate, a company which caters at sports stadiums and other large venues.
Most folks would have forgiven Hague for being pleased with his success and achievements.
But most people refused to forgive Hague for a surveillance video of him, which was released on the Internet.
That video, which was taken while Hague was alone in an elevator, shows him repeatedly kicking and yanking the leash of a dog, which he was watching for a friend.
When people saw that video, they went ballistic.
A petition, which called for Hague to be fired, managed to get almost 193,000 signatures. Other petitions, which encouraged people to boycott the Centerplate Company, also made the rounds.
Eventually, the chairman of Centerplate's board came forward and said, "I'd like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused so many."
And Hague? He was told to move his stuff out of his office. He was done working for Centerplate. It is yet to be determined if he will have to go to court and defend himself for having been cruel to animals.
Even though St. Peter wrote his epistles in the days before there were video surveillance cameras, he still encouraged God's people to behave themselves all the time.
St. Peter knew the world would constantly be watching the followers of the Savior. Peter also was aware these observant unbelievers would judge the Christian and the Savior by what the believer did or didn't do.
If a Christian lived a good life, the positive witness he made would point to the risen Redeemer and observers would be drawn to the Gospel's message of salvation. On the other hand, if the believer's conduct was less than honorable, people will wrongly conclude Jesus is a foolish fake and an unreliable fraud.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I ask that You will let me show my thanks for the Savior by the things I say as well as the things I do. May I live my life giving thanks for Him who gave His life for my salvation. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries