Plato said “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”. This is so true. Plato only spoke a universal principle established by The True and Living God of The Bible through His Son in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Jesus said “you are the light of the world”.
If Christ followers, who are the light of the world, refuse to shine their light to the world then what will happen? Of course darkness will take over.
In John 13:35 said “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. Jesus wants people to known we are His disciples because of the way we treat each other with love. That is the light we project to the world. That means Jesus cares what people think about us because in human nature, thoughts govern decisions. So you should also take care to manage your public image.
You should never let your reputation be more important to you than your character, however, you should still take care of your reputation because by it people form opinions of whether or not you are truly a follower of Christ and by it many will make up their minds about Christ, Christianity and the church and whether or not to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.