Is it important how we as "Christians" portray ourselves in public, and in the media that is open to us? I believe it is.
We are to be an example of Christ, and His disciples to our fellow brethren and the world around us. So then, our manner ought to be different, our speech ought to be different. The way we treat one another ought to be different.
If we are going to portray ourselves as the brethren, then we need to be like Christ.
We must never think that because of our knowledge, and our position with God, that we have licence before God, to be crass, vile or vulgar. We need to learn to keep our less than pure comments to ourselves, and consider our audience. We should not make videos or do blogs or face book comments, that could not be read or overheard by children, because of vile or crass comments.
It troubles me much, when I see and hear those who place themselves in a position of leadership, become as such, even jesting and belittling the brethren. I heard a sister relate the other day of a pastor belittling the over weight, that is uncalled for. The over weight have many a battle to overcome, and they need the strength of the Lord. Would that same pastor make fun of drug addicts and alcoholics?
We are to be above reproach before the world. Oh yes, I know, the world can find fault even when there is no fault to be found, yet still, we are to strive to be a good example and as unlike the world that we can. Our conversation, our speech is to be above reproach. We are to set a guard at our mouths, and guard our hearts. We are to shun the very appearance of evil, lest we self destruct!
6. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
There are certain things in regards to the extent of the depravity of the wicked, that need not, and should not even be mentioned, especially publicly.