There was great media attention and debate in Singapore this month, when a primary school teacher decided to join an international competition where contestants had to send in photos of them wearing extremely skimpy bikinis.
The photos are then posted on a website for the whole world, including the teacher’s students, to view.
The controversy wasn’t the fact that she joined the contest, but because she was a teacher.
The Singapore public did not like the fact that someone who taught pre-teens was parading around in barely there, if at all, outfits.
As Faith mentioned on her blog in an interview with a teacher, teachers have no private life. There is a code of conduct that must be adhered to, and permeates all aspects of their public image. Their image and actions are more important than what is taught to students in class.
But this public image is not just something teachers possess.
We have a very public image as well by the fact that we call ourselves Christians.
We are role models to the world in everything we do and say. Do Christians have a private life? Not really. Because by the very virtue of being Christians, people are judging us.
A teacher may affect her influence on her students, but a Christian affects their influence on the salvation of others, and people’s view of God.
So how have you interacted with others and behaved today?