George sat in his car at a stop light. The lady in front was going through papers on the seat of her car, and when the light changed to green, she didn’t go. When the light turned red and she had still not moved, George began (with his windows up) screaming swear words and beating on the steering wheel. A policeman with gun drawn, tapping on his window suddenly interrupted his expressions of distress.
The policeman ordered him into the back seat of the police car. After about two hours in a holding cell, the arresting officer advised him he was free to go. George said, “I knew you couldn’t arrest me for what I was yelling in my own car. You haven’t heard the last of this.”
The officer replied, “I didn’t arrest you for shouting in your car. I was directly behind you at the light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, “What a jerk! But there is nothing I can do to him for throwing a fit in his own car.” Then I noticed the fish on the trunk lid, and the ‘Honk if you love Jesus,’ bumper sticker, and I thought you must have stolen the car from a Christian.”
I hope this story about George is extreme. But I believe that sometimes Christians don’t realize that the world is watching them. They are looking for reality in our lives. Let’s remember to keep a good testimony, even if we have to wait at a green light a little longer than usual.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. — John Wooden
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder