In This Series
- Men, Malaise, and the Crisis of Character
- The Cultivation of Christian Character
- Cain and the Instinct of Sarcasm
- Samson and the Instinct of Adventure
- Moses and the Instinct of Ambition
- David and the Instinct of Reputation
- Abraham and the Instinct of Apathy
- The Real Work Ahead
Instincts and Character (8)
Sunday, February 13, 2022
David and the Instinct of Reputation
Shakespeare described this fourth stage as the professionals. The man now dresses the part, cuts his beard, and says what is expected. By this point in his life, he has achieved some success and with it a reputation, a reputation he cares more and more about protecting.
That instinct is central to the lives of both Saul and David as they struggle to live into the expectations of their throne while remaining honest and true before their God. It is a question of integrity and their ability to confess.
We’ll see how this instinct is at work in men today and how we keep it from leading us to the same ruin.