Here’s what the apostles Peter and Paul had to say:
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.
Set an example of good works yourself, with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify God in a day of visitation.
–1 Peter 2:12
However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will be put to shame.
–1 Peter 3:16
Here’s what I get from these verses in their context:
- It’s more about what you do than what you say;
- It’s more about vindication on the last day than vindication now;
- It’s more about God’s reputation than our own.
[I previously blogged about a cranky but honest critic.]
Verses taken from the HCSB translation.