Bible, Culture

Civil Disobedience: When Does It Become Necessary

During these pandemic days, churches must answer a very big question: to mask or not to mask, to distance or not to distance, these are the questions. In other words, in order to Glorify God through The Great Commission is it time to engage in civil disobedience?

You can find the pdf on my Resources page or just click here, Civil Disobedience: When Does It Become Necessary?

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A Fourth Invitation to Pray

Votes are just choices…and, unfortunately, we often think our choices are either/or. You get this one or that one. The world does that you know. It attempts to frame situations as though we live in Flatland…a two dimensional universe in which some live on one surface of the Flat, while everyone else lives on the other side of the Flat. Between them is but a thin layer, but the inhabitants believe it is their only foundation. Sad. Pathetic. Such a world is the work of “little c creators” otherwise known as conmen.

Thankfully, we don’t live in a two dimensional world. The world we live in is full…and its fullness is the filling of choices only limited by our own creativity. Yes, you can choose between the two, but you can also choose them both. You can choose to pray for both of them. You can choose to speak well of both of them. You can choose to build a world of contentment that needs neither of them. You can vote, but you can also choose more. You can vote, but you can also pray. You can vote, but you can also be an ambassador of love through both victory or defeat.

Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). What “things will be added to you?” The things folks are so prone to worry about. The narrow path of stuff they have been conditioned to believe are of first importance. Like what to eat, what to wear, and for whom to vote. Listen again to Jesus (Matthew 6:25-33):

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Don’t worry. You get to keep right on voting.

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A Third Invitation to Pray

The Bible says in Proverbs 1:2-7, “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth. Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

The Lord looks upon the heart, not the outward appearance. In fact, “God looks down from heaven at the human race, to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks God” (Psalm 53:2). No one, not one person, not rich or poor, not male or female, not popular or unknown…nobody, none, nil…zip, zero, zilch…not her, not him, not they, not you, not me…he overlooks nada. Please pray for them, one and all.

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A Second Invitation to Pray

The Bible says in Psalm 2:10-12, “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Everyone in the heart, mind, eyes, and hands of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is sought after. It is the Lord’s desire that none should perish, but that all should reach repentance. Please pray for them, one and all.

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An Invitation to Pray

The Bible says, in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Everyone. Every man, woman, and child…the Lord loves each and every one…without limits…unconditional…fully…completely…sacrificially. Pray for them, one and all…

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