A Man About Town
Good Monday from the Heartland.
What exactly is “a man about town?”
I’m not quite sure but I think he’s kind of a cool guy…
There are a lot of ways to describe the attributes of a “cool guy” I suppose, and they would surely start with one’s own idea of what “cool” is. Of course, this takes us back to the original idea for this blog: “references”
Our individual frames of reference will determine for us what is “cool.” If our past experiences tell us that dressing well is a really good thing, then we might say that a guy who dresses well is “cool.” If a cocky attitude and under-spoken confidence are good, then a guy who dresses well, is a bit cocky and who has a sense of under-spoken confidence might be a “man about town.”
If we took a view like this, we would be taking a view that is directed by our culture.
Let’s try a view formed by frames of reference other than those provided by our culture… just for fun.
What attributes might a godly man or woman possess? Humility, faith, kindness and consideration for others might fit the bill. As you might imagine, a person who has godly attributes may not exactly have the same attributes as our culture would dictate, but then if we were to add things like dressing well and a quiet confidence we might find that we are describing a person who is godly… and who has an appeal to people in our culture who are not yet Christians. Why, it might just be that we have stumbled upon someone who might have a little bit of influence with those outside of Christ.
Now let’s just try to imagine one more step. If by exchanging our old frames of reference with some new ones that come from Scripture and then adding a little bit of class to our walk around town we can develop some influence, isn’t it more likely that we might be able to reach more people for Christ? Now before you accuse me of advocating being a phony, please consider that what I’m suggesting here is simply that we behave well. Behaving well is an admirable quality that is not fake, but rather encouraged by Scripture. As Ambassadors for Christ, we each are His representatives in this world and maybe we can do a better job of acting like it.
Maybe all of us should become a man or woman about town.