One of my foodie friends is Vietnamese and she recently was raving about a restaurant that featured a delectable version of the traditional Vietnamese Banh mi sandwich. Her business was located in the same city as the restaurant and she was excited for our family to sample this sandwich. On this day, she texted me with the following, “Let me know if you want me to pick up some Banh mi for your family. Sooo good!”
I had not heard about this restaurant and a quick search through social media sites had very few reviews. I texted back. “I know you have been there so I trust you! Yes, get us four sandwiches of their best seller!”
She immediately texted back. “Don’t worry. I promise you it’s good. Always a good sign, when only Vietnamese people are in the restaurant!”
My Vietnamese friend is very picky about her native cuisine. In this age of political correctness, such a statement is sure to raise eyebrows and lead to woke pushback and inevitable shaming. Yet there is truth in her statement. If natives approve and believe the food to be an accurate recreation of their homeland’s cuisine, they would certainly endorse and support the restaurant. Simply because foreigners also enjoy the food does not disqualify a restaurant as authentic but it would be more encouraging if natives also supported it.
When we see other Christians whom we respect, engage in different activities that we have not experienced, we may be more willing to follow their lead since their involvement may lend credibility and acceptance. In my spiritual walk, I have read books that were recommended by evangelists and Bible scholars whom I respect. I have visited their home churches and participated in seminars that they recommended. I did this because I trusted their judgment. They are mighty saints of God and I was confident that the decisions they made were based upon a solid faith in God.
…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
Titus 2:7-8 (NKJV)
We do make decisions based upon the actions of others whom we respect. Thus, we should always pay heed to how we behave with others. God encourages all believers to set a godly example to non-believers. It is not always easy but if we set this as our goal, God will always honor our efforts.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.