“All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.” 1 Timothy 6:1
Paul was most concerned about the way Christians conduct themselves in their communities. Whatever we do, shouldn’t bring God’s name into disrepute in the eyes of our communities. Cultures and communities vary as to what they consider acceptable behaviour and this changes over time. While this can make it difficult for missionaries and itinerant ministries, it places the responsibility on local Christians to be respectful and mindful of their communities.