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Topic: Banquet - deadline 8-16-12 10 am NY time (08/09/12)
TITLE: Be Full of Grace
By Gail Burks
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The ticket price, per person, was $500.00, so a table of 10 would run an easy 5,000 dollars. When they told me about the affair, I was excited for them. Several local and state politicians, business leaders, pastors, media types and constituents were scheduled to attend.
I was intrigued by the event, as it was not being held in the downtown area, but in our local suburban area, an area sometimes caught in the economic and social injustices plaguing so many communities today. Nevertheless, this particular town, and the surrounding communities, have obviously worked diligently to keep a strong climate of growth and prosperity.
When one is invited to events such as these, is it appropriate to use the opportunity to network, ask for favors, and schmooze? Or, should one just attend, enjoy the festivities, the dinner and ambiance?.
It is my opinion that being a Christian in the political or social scene, it is definitely important to let one's light shine, as one never knows the impact made on another's life. I have read many stories of those that profess to be Christians, but get involved in situations that are unbecoming as sons and daughters of God.
My husband attended a banquet, a few years ago. It was a very nice affair with several awards being given to the local High School students for excellence inside and outside the classroom.
In attendance were church members, teachers, administrators, parents, and of course, students. My husband sat with some school officials, with a couple being fellow church members, who had been saved for many years. The conversation began innocently enough, but after a while, the church member, who was also an elementary school principal, began to say some very unflattering and untrue comments about the Pastor and First Lady.
My husband and another member, looked on with great shock, as they tried to interject a comment, but the principal continued to talk....throughout the entire appetizer, main course and dessert. Most disconcerting was the fact that this table of 10 had people who did not attend church and were there to support the students, only.
How disturbing! What a missed opportunity to let God's glory shine.
As various political and social events are popular during this time of year, the body of Christ must remember to let their light shine before all men. One may disagree or have a concern about something, but the bible is clear when it says in Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Let's remember the Word of the Lord.
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