Thomas Edison was a pioneer in electricity with his perfection of the light bulb but by 1887, his company that was attempting to light cites everywhere was struggling. The problem was in how the electricity was delivered. The truth was his direct current (DC) was not near as cost-effective as his bitter rival George Westinghouse’s alternate current (AC). Edison felt his current was the safer choice even if it wasn’t as cheap.
So when the state of New York came calling with a desire to buy up a generator, you might be shocked when Edison recommended his rival’s technology. He even recommended the new use be called “Westinhoused”
Because the new use was to kill. The generator was for the first electric chair. Edison believed that DC current was dangerous and what better what to show that to the world than having it kill a man.
Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.
1st Peter 4:15-16
The world does the same thing to the name Christian. They try to associate it with adjectives like racist, ignorant, judgmental, hypocritical, and pompous. The worse thing we can do is to make it seem that those words fit.
If we call ourselves Christian we must uphold that name in all we do. The world will attempt to skew our effort in the worst possible ways. We can’t stop that from happing. But we can make their words untrue, by living in the best possible way.