(Pro 22:1 KJV) A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
One of the great truths that resounds through the entire Bible and real Christianity is that character is more important than cash. What do people think when they hear your name? How do they respond to the name of your church? Do they think of strange but upright or do they think of greed that reflects the culture of the day?
Don’t allow yourself to get too upset at what the world thinks of you. Remember that they are a bit prejudiced. In their hearts they hate the people of God. All you need to do is look at the caricature of Christians on TV and in movies. Do the words “narrow-minded,” “bigoted,” “intolerant” ring any bells? For the most part you can ignore them.
It is nice to have a good reputation but make sure that the “name” (8034) that is upright is the one that God would put on you.
So? You know in your heart if you are after righteousness or riches. When someone gets a bad impression take a moment to consider. Do it seriously. If they have a valid complaint it is time for repentance, reform and restitution. If not, get on with life knowing that you are being persecuted for His sake.