Christian Rights and Responsibilities: Devotion

24th August 2011 by Bill Davis
OK, now let me get this straight. I was just listening to a news report and it seems a Pastor was invited to offer the invocation for a sporting event this past weekend. He had a reputation for praying in public…imagine that. Anyway, a parent of one of the students was offended by Christian pray so he was not allowed to pray before the game. Now, in another story, the owner..yes OWNER, of a business was criticized by several employees that he didn’t allow them to recognize Ramada during work hours. This was last year. He rearranged break schedules this year to accommodate them. Now he is being critized because he “didn’t do enough.” They are forcing a business owner to pay them while they worship in their way but a Pastor can’t even offer a prayer because some might be offended? Seems everyone has rights but the Christian. And this doesn’t bother you? I did further research. In July of 2011, it was stated that Christians had the right to practice their beliefs. They had the right to wear crosses, exercise religious preference and “discriminate” who gets to enter their home. You have got to be kidding me! When did we as a Christian community become so weak in our stance. Jesus says in John 8:31; “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Now where are we going to find the Truth; the Bible. Throughout I Corinthians Chapter 9; Paul teaches that we are to become a slave to everyone to win as many as possible to God. Paul deprived himself of social and religious rights in order to win more to God. As Christians, we should not strike out in vindication at those that oppose us. But we surely should stand up for our rights and beliefs.    
Matthew 5:16; “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
Matthew 5:44; “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Jesus teaches humility and “to turn the other cheek”. However, I do not think He gave His life in order for us to just sit around an let others dictate our rights of religion. Matthew 10:32-34; “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before my Father in Heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Jesus did come to bring peace between the believer and God  but there will be conflict between God and the unbeliever.
 
Bill Davis

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