A Good Name
From The Primitive
name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving
favour than silver and gold.” Here Solomon leaves no
doubt whatsoever about the value of a good name. Whatever it
is, we ought to want it and to strive with all our ability
to gain it.
constitutes a good name? People make heroes and idols today
out of the most unsavory and disgusting types of
individuals, whose conduct should be considered
reprehensible by any right-thinking person. Does the fact
that a sizable portion of the population heaps adoration
upon some performer cause his name to be a “good name”?
God, and He
alone, defines what a good name is. If we have a good name,
then we are known for doing right - “right” as defined by
God. If candid and honest people who are familiar with or
lives regard them as being typified by conduct that God
commends, then we have a good name,
opinions do not matter. Isaiah pronounced a woe upon men
whose thinking is perverse and crooked: “Woe unto them
that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
light and light for darkness” (Isa. 5:20). These men's
view of things is just the opposite of the truth. They
rejoice when the situation is upside down from what it ought
to be. To them a good name would be a bad name.
opinions of right-thinking men (even if not religious
individuals), do have meaning. Brother Paul told Timothy
that one of the qualifications for a man to have before he
can be ordained as a bishop is that “he must have a good
report of them which are without.” Without, here
refers to people outside the church.
this does not mean any and every man outside the church,
because, as we have mentioned above, the thinking of some
men is so perverted that their views should be ignored.
a time (and so it should be today) when the fact that a
man was a Primitive Baptist was as good a credit
reference as he could have. Because of that, Old
Baptists had a reputation for honesty among men who were
honest. To have a good name among honest men is worth
something. It is worth a great deal. Indeed it is worth
more than money.