Does Your Witness Equal Uncontrollable Flatulence to Others?

There’s an interesting story making the rounds on various websites about a government worker in the Social Security Administration being given a five page citation by his superiors for uncontrollable flatulence. Yes. Gross.

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Hey, the government does stink at times.

Can you imagine this news being given to you by your coworkers. Apparently the letter contained a log of the offenses. How awful. While the news reports don’t list him by name, don’t you know that it is just a matter of time before his name and face is leaked (pun not intended.)

I got to thinking about how we sometimes stink. Not in the flatulence kind of way, but we sometimes ruin our witness with others based upon the way we act around them. We are able to put on a good face when we’re around other Christians… we’re the “goto” person when a prayer is needed to bless the food you’re about to eat, but other times of the day/week/moment, we just plain stank!

I’m sorry for those times that I have been a bad witness to those in my general vicinity. The sad thing is, most of the time, it is controllable. I just allow my flesh to forget that others are watching and waiting for me to fall.

Instead of uncontrollable flatulence, we need to take control, and fruit should result.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

 

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2 thoughts on “Does Your Witness Equal Uncontrollable Flatulence to Others?

  1. What frustrates me isn’t that sometimes we cross the line from being a good witness to annoying. I think most will do that occasionally. What is is frustrating is that people revel in being annoying. I can’t tell you how often I have heard people improperly cite “the gospel is offensive”, without Paul’s other statement that he will do anything or become anyone to better attract them to Christ.