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What the Bible Says About NFL Protests

No doubt you have heard of the NFL protests. By any chance, did you check the Bible to see what God said about the NFL protests?

Alright, yes, the author knows there is not a specific chapter and verse of the Bible saying: Thou shalt not protest the United States of America in any way shape or form. One may be wondering why the author is writing on a political issue, as opposed to a spiritual one. What the author would like to accomplish in this post is to connect the dots using Scripture, to show that protesting government, barring certain cases, is as much of a spiritual issue as homosexuality, drinking, lying, or stealing. The author would also like to show to any Christian that rebellion to any authority, be it parents, teachers, a boss,  a government, and ultimately God himself is sin and against the Bible. And the Bible does actually specifically say not to protest government, as follows.

Romans 13:1 – Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.” Take the phrase “be subject,” what does that actually mean? The verb subject in the Oxford Dictionary has two meanings, the second of which somewhat fits this use of the word here. The definition states that to subject is to “bring (a person or country) under one’s control or jurisdiction,…” If people are told by God to be subject to some one, they are to place themselves under the control and jurisdiction of that government. There is no alternative but what leads to sin.

For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Whether or not you agree with a person in power, their authority was given by God. To disobey them, again barring certain cases, would be to disobey God. Let the author also say, that to protest against the government placed over you, is protesting against God. Therefore, the NFL players who protest the national anthem of this country, that God has placed all Americans in, protest the authority not only of the United States, but the authority of God. This has become a political issue.

The author would briefly like to touch on a phrase he has used twice in the post so far, “barring certain cases.” As human nature is flawed, and God gave mankind free will, there will be times when authority asks you to do something against the Bible. It is in that case, and that case only, that one does not have to obey the authority (Acts 5:29). While you should not obey commands contrary to Scripture, you should be respectful when explaining your reasons why.

Romans 13:2 – Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

My Help Cometh from the Lord

Where does your help come from? When times get tough, to whom do you turn? While parents and friends often can console in struggles, one must remember that our help, as Christians, cometh from the Lord. The Lord has several characteristics identified by the David in the book of Psalms. The author will discuss these characteristics from Psalm 121.

Psalm 121:1-2 –

If one was to read this over briefly, an important statement would probably be missed and just glanced over. Take a look at the phrase, “which made heaven and the earth.” David is stating that the Lord, who spoke everything into existence, is on our side. How powerful is that statement, just by itself?

Psalm 121:3-4 –

Again a situation where reading over it fast causes issues, take a look at the phrase, “he that keepeth thee will not slumber.” David repeats in the next verse, “shall neither slumber nor sleep.” In other words, God is not going to go to sleep on you while you are praying to him, or any other time. He will always be there. There is no family member or friend that you can always be in contact with, but you can talk to God anytime. Again very powerful to know that He is our help.

Psalm 121:6-8 –

David states hear that “FILL VERSE IN HERE.” What is the principle behind this? God is not going to leave us to the wiles of the Devil during the day, and He also will not leave us to the temptations of the world at night. We are never going to be alone, so we can always turn to God for help, and He will always be there.

So what can we take from this Psalm? God, who made heaven and earth, is always listening to us, and always right beside us. Can this be said of anyone else? What more could a Christian ask for in a friend? Take time to thank God for His friendship today; don’t overlook this precious gift.

Who Are Your Leaders?

Who are your leaders? These people guide your mindset whether you consciously choose to allow them to or not. They can change your decisions on numerous issues, like what you eat and wear for example. However, the biggest change that your chosen leaders can have on your life is your religious views. While some leaders claim the name of Christ, they live their lives entirely different from the truths in the Word of God. The influence that these kinds of leaders can have on your life must be examined and determined as to be good or bad, and Paul in Galatians 1:6-11 gives a strict guideline that your leader must follow to be spiritually in line with God.

Galatians 1:6-10 – I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of ChristBut though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursedAs we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Paul starts out discussing that the congregations of the churches at Galatia have chosen the wrong spiritual leaders. He states that these leaders have perverted the gospel of Christ through their incorrect teachings. To hopefully set the churches straight, Paul sets a guideline by which Christians should judge whom they follow.

If your leaders do not preach what the Bible says, do not follow them.

This guideline should be an obvious one for any Christian, but Paul had to repeat it in his day, and perhaps it needs to be repeated even more in ours. Many Christians are going with what makes them feel good, rather than what honors God.

Take contemporary Christian music for an example. Some Christian teenagers will pack into concerts for this music, but would not be caught dead singing an old time hymn. The reason behind this is that teenagers feel “comfortable” being a Christian in an environment that is just like the world, but when it comes to being different, they avoid it because they hate being laughed at by the world. However, Paul asks a pointed question that makes the believers think about whom they follow.

Galatians 1:11 – For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

If you, as a Christian teenager, are either pleasing men, or being pleased by the works of men, you are not living as a servant of Christ. Look at it from this angle. The true gospel does not coddle you and make you happy about living for God. The true gospel teaches you through the conviction of the Holy Spirit so that you need to live differently from the world.

What hero of the faith in the Bible had an easy life? David ran for his life from Saul, Daniel was thrown into the den of lions for praying to God, Paul himself was beaten, stoned, and eventually killed. Why did they stay the course?  Because they were convicted to be different from the world and live primarily as servants of God.   They all realized an important truth. . .

The tribulations and trials that are experienced on earth are a part of a life in service to Christ.  Living to simply please yourself in this life is contrary to God’s plan for your life.

This is not to say that we cannot experience joy or happiness. But, when choosing between what is right and wrong for our lives, we must always begin with our service to God as the deciding factor of choices we make.

The question that you need to ask yourself is, have you realized this truth? Are you willing to abandon the wrong leaders, to be a servant of God?

 

 

 

 

Parable of the Sower

What kind of Christian are you? While all truly born-again believers are going to Heaven, Christians still have a responsibility to live for God after salvation. Jesus Christ, during his ministry on earth, in the parable of the sower, gives 4 examples of people in the world, and that is what the author will discuss today.

Mark 4:4 – And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

Jesus first describes a person who is witnessed to about salvation, but does not accept. The author wonders (note that this is the author’s opinion) if Jesus placed this person first in the order to emphasize the importance of witnessing to unbelievers. Just because a person has rejected the gospel once does not mean you should not take it to them again.

Mark 4:5-6 – And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.

Second, Jesus discusses a person who becomes a Christian, but after a little persecution, rejects the thought of living for God. This does not make a person unsaved; nobody can lose their salvation. However, one could make the case that this kind of person would need to do some soul-searching to decide if this is the best path for them to go down.

Mark 4:7 – And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Third, Jesus discusses the Christian who falls into the ways of the world. The temptations that Satan will throw at Christians are numerous and diverse; the Christian must find a way to avoid Satan’s methods of distraction.

Mark 4:8 – And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

Jesus concludes the parable with a description of what an obedient Christian looks like. Not only does he receive the word, but he bears fruit as well. Not every Christian will bear as much fruit as someone else, but it is important that every Christian bear some fruit.

So what can be taken from this parable? If you find yourself not bearing fruit for God, perhaps you should spend some extra time in study of the Bible and in prayer, to determine what you need to do better. Perhaps a certain activity needs to be dropped from your schedule, or it could be something that only you know needs to be fixed. Whatever it is, take the time to fix it, so you can get back to serving God and witnessing to the lost.

 

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