Day 53 – Rising Against Authority

Ecclesiastes 8:3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases. 4 For the word of the king is supreme, and who may say to him, “What are you doing?”

Yesterday we asked what do we as Christians do if we are in an abusive situation or our authorities are pushing us to do something that is outside of what the Bible teaches. Our boy Solomon gives us a pretty clear answer found in verse 3, along with many other passages in the Bible – we stay defiant. Which means that we are not to give in to the wickedness that is tossed our way. The Apostle Peter says it best in Acts 5:29, “obey God rather than men.” Now, this doesn’t mean that we resist the law on every matter, but it means that we can’t do anything that goes counter to the word of God.

Consider the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the light of Christ burning in his soul, MLK marched in the face of adversity and pushed out what was dark. What about today? Who are the MLK’s of our generation? Who will stand in the face of evil and be a voice to the 59 million aborted babies? Who will be a voice for the 5 million Syrian Refugee’s of which half of them are children? Who will be defiant and stand up for the 400,000 foster children in America? Who will stand against the gangs in our communities who are ushering in drugs and violence? Who will stand against the abused? Who will stand against the industries and governments who are oppressing the poor or causing believers to do something that is counter to their faith? The disgusting part of all of this is that we are more concerned about a stupid gorilla that was gunned down in a Zoo in Ohio. It’s completely madness!

Christians don’t want to hear this because it causes us to come out of our comfort zones. We want to live a secluded lifestyle while expecting someone else to be defiant. We are worried about the dumb gorilla, our next pair of shoes, how big our next house should be, what type of outfit I need, what sport my kid should play – and we stay silent and lazy. What we are doing is giving God the finger and saying we don’t care about the commands that are on our lives, while the world is burning all around us.

Where evil resides, it is our obligation to stand up and be defiant. Solomon also wrote in Proverbs 31:8-9, Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Also Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” These are but a few verses spread throughout the Bible that charges all Jesus-followers to be defiant against evil.

What will you do in the face of evil? The world needs no more silent and lazy Christians. With the light of Christ burning in our hearts, I know the darkness can be defeated.

I would rather create an ounce of help than a ton of theory.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

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