1 Timothy 6:1 KJV
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
It might be a bit of a stretch to claim that verse one is a theme throughout this chapter, but it is not much of one. That the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed is a preeminent tenant to Christian character:
· It is more important than wealth
· It is more important than comfort
· It is, I would suggest, more important than liberty
The preacher who won't teach that protecting the name of God and His doctrine is paramount, and the Christian who will not consent to this teaching is proud and "knoweth nothing."
How far we have strayed! American Christianity is so wealthy we have become intoxicated with comfort, luxury and selfishness. We have made capitalism, free market and personal liberty the gods which we serve and we arrogantly and ignorantly do so in the name of the living God. We have little care what damage we may do to others so long as we are aggressively improving our own position in this world.
The name of a God and his doctrine; these are what we ought to be living to promote.