The dictionary defines reproach as that which brings disgrace ,shame, censure, blame, fault rebuke upon a person. Whenever I hear the word above reproach, blameless comes to my mind I think of a person who is innocent , above suspicion of any kind of wrong doings.
The Bible teaches that being “above reproach ” or “blameless ” is an unconditional prerequisite role for leadership in the church. The leaders should not bring shame and disgrace to the church or others outside of the church community. The name of Jesus Christ shouldn’t be smeared because of their reproach.
” A bishop then must be blameless,husband of one wife vigilant sober of good behavior given to hospitality apt to teach ” ( 1 Timothy 3 :2 ).
” If any be blameless the husband of one wife having faithful children not accused of RIOT or unruly. Not self-willed easily angry not an alcoholic not a wife beater ,not greedy for filthy lucre. ” ( Titus 1: 6-7 ).
Qualifications of leadership roles are outlined in the teachings of the Scriptures. The scriptures do not have the word President or other secular leaders written but there are teachings on the kings and other leaders applicable to today’s modern leaders .
As a leader you might be accused or character assassinated but your good reputation ,your conduct and moral qualities ,your integrity will eventually acquit you of all invalid charges. You’re a credible leader and an example that’s worth following. Leaders are to be respected however respect is earned.
Number One thing with being blameless is gaining favor with God and man whether you are a believer or unbeliever,you have to believe it is possible to live above wrong doings and avoid things that would cause suspicion. You have to protect your good reputation and works. Above reproach is a life style that is consistent with çonduct and behavior both in church community and in the secular world. It’s a state or condition.
Self-discovery, Self-evaluation two master keys for helping with living a blameless lifestyle before God and man.
As a Bishop or a Pastor you need to question yourself if you’re an example to the Church. Would you want to be lead by someone with your reputation. Above reproach, blameless does not mean perfection none is perfect. Its about character,conduct,behavior, you don’t bring disgrace or shame to the Church , tarnish the name of Jesus Christ. Self-discovery comes from questioning yourself leading to self -evaluation leads to changes it’s a constant process
Similarly secular leaders holding high offices both in the Government and Coporate offices must strive to be blameless by avoiding wrong doings . Question yourself, are you leading or governing by example would you follow or vote for someone with your reputation. Next use your two master keys Self-discovery and Self-evaluation do whatever it takes to be blameless above reproach it’s a constant process .