Our current society feasts on the fluff of evaporating charisma while it starves for the true grit and moral fiber that is needed to shape history. It has become simpler and simpler to manufacture a reputation with little or no personal foundation to back it up.
At every venue in society–the media, politics and even in church– bigger than life personas grab center stage with very little conscience about their ability to back up their act. Things that used to matter, like character, authenticity of heart and a call to serve others have fallen by the wayside and are being negligently overlooked.
In short, in my opinion, character is very different than reputation. Below, in the remainder of this post, I have put together some quotes to stimulate thinking on the subject. Please feel free to comment and add your thoughts about the differences you observe between character and reputation.
Do You Have Character or Reputation?
Reputation is seeming; character is being.
Reputation is manufactured; character is grown.
Reputation is your photograph; character is your face.
Reputation is what men say you are; character is what God knows you are.
Reputation is what you need to get a job; character is what you need to keep it.
Reputation is what comes over you from without; character is what rises up within.
Reputation is what you have when you come to town; character is what you have when you go away.
Reputation is what is chiseled on your tombstone; character is what the angels say about you before the throne of God.
Quote by Robert Stuart MacArthur, Quick Truths in Quaint Texts