Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Ambassador’s Creed

An Ambassador is…

Ready
An Ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.

Patient
An Ambassador won’t quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully correct those in opposition.

Reasonable
An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.

Tactical
An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.

Clear
An Ambassador is careful with language, and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage with empty rhetoric.

Fair
An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards the opposition, and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.

Honest
An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent his opponent, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.

Humble
An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible, and will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.

Attractive
An Ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners and will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.

Dependent
An Ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power.

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