As Believers, we have been given instructions and guidelines on how we are to think, act, and live. Rational and godly decisions are the foundation for a structured lifestyle. We strive to achieve and maintain orderly and organized lifestyles, practicing discipline, and self-control in every aspect of our being. Refer to the Creation story. God created the earth in sequential order: light, the atmosphere with the balance of elements necessary to sustain plant, animal, human life, etc. Read Genesis chapters 1 and 2.
When we believe that God spoke to and used human beings as vessels to write the Books of the Bible, we realize that the Bible is written for us; therefore, we strive to adhere to all of God’s principles. The commandments of God have not been abolished or changed. With one exception, animal sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins was abolished when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died, and arose to fulfill the Plan of Redemption. For us to have Eternal life, we must believe that Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus is our Heavenly Intercessor, and our Salvation is through Him. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25
Many are discouraged because they do not take the time to study the Bible which is the Voice of God and reveals the character of Christ. God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. However, we must possess first-hand knowledge of His Word. Since the COVID-19, Believers have posted on social media that the churches should have never been closed.
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2
We have a responsibility to God to maintain our health, which includes protecting our bodies and enriching our minds. In searching the scriptures, we cannot biblically support exposure to a highly dangerous and infectious disease by gathering together in groups. God has not asked us to sacrifice our health to worship Him. The concern is that many do not identify themselves as the body of Christ. We are the church. Jesus Christ is coming back for people, not for the brick-and-mortar building. Worship should begin in our hearts and be practiced everyday in our homes.
Another area of conflict is the Believer’s role in seeking justice. What is our Social Responsibility? How do we seek justice?
Many organizations have been formed and fight against the prevalent social injustices. Even so, most have mission statements, goals, and use tactics that are in direct conflict with the Word of God, which prevent us from becoming active members.
God’s answers our questions on social responsibility:
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Recognizing that we are servants of the Most-High God and light-bearers to a world filled with the darkness of sin and abject corruptness gives us the strength to pray and trust in God’s promises. For the love of Christ controls us,…2 Corinthians 5:14. Self-control is a Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23. Even if you choose to participate in Protest Marches or post objections on social media, God has guidelines and restrictions for seeking justice. Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Are you surprised when our justice system fails?
You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 2 Timothy 3:1-4
Whether we pray, openly speak out through social media, or participate in peaceful protest marches, Believers have a responsibility to obey God’s command to seek justice for the oppressed. Continue to take action against injustice, but do it in a manner that always glorifies God. The Bible identifies the world’s condition in which we live and instructs us in how we are to think and act.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways when they carry out wicked schemes. Psalm 37:1
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. Romans 12:19
The Old Testament reflects the history of the Israelites and their oppressors. From their deliverance of enslavement to the Egyptians, we are shown continuous action by God against oppression. What did He do? God destroyed their oppressors! Do not worry when the guilty are not indicted for their heinous acts.
The one who overcomes will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. 8 But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death. Revelation 21:7-8
Prayerfully, we are preparing to receive the reward of Eternal life. No more injustice, disease, or death. Hallelujah!!! Until then:
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Bible Reading: Hebrew 12
God, we pray for the courage to speak out against injustice and oppression. Soon, all who believe in you will be persecuted for our obedience to follow you. But, even if you choose not to deliver us, we will not give up, nor will we stop serving you. We ask for the strength to continue to place all of our faith and trust in you. We look forward to the Second Coming of your Son, Jesus Christ. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ Worthy Name. Amen.
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