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Joe Thorn has a good post today on credibility. The short version of the background of this post is that there has been a bit of discussion and debate lately within my denomination on certain issues that Christians should/should not participate in (specifically alcohol consumption). Joe does a good job of talking through what it looks like when we pursue credibility on extra-biblical issues. Here's a clip:

"One’s credibility can be a fragile thing, for much of it rests in the hands of others. I believe we should seek to build credibility in our lives, churches and ministries through godly character and conduct, but whether people receive it or not is up to them. If I lose credibility in the eyes of some by following the word and example of Jesus than so be it. I’m okay with that. What I am not okay with is seeking to maintain a peculiar form of credibility with anyone based on avoiding certain peccadilloes and keeping sacred traditions."