Christians today are more concerned about their “rights” than they are about seeking God’s direction concerning certain issues. Somewhere along the way we have lost sight of the true meaning and purpose of being a “Christian”, and the devil is having a field day. Instead of being a witness to the world with our lifestyles of love and obedience, and yes, our surrender to God, our Father, we have nearly become a laughing stock to the world. No wonder the world looks at Christians as deceitful and hypocritical. We often say one thing and do another, and yes there is not a one of us who has arrived or who is perfect! We still make mistakes, but what we do after those mistakes and how do we right them for others to see will make all the difference?
The devil is a subtle enemy, though he isn’t wise, he is smart, and he hasn’t changed. Remember that when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, he used scripture. The fault was that he used scripture for his own motives and not to fulfill the will of God. It’s still possible today to use Holy Scripture, take it out of context and twist it to suit our concepts and ideas, but it is still wrong; always was and always will be. That was one of the reasons, Jesus became flesh when He did and to appear during the time of religious unrest. The Pharisees were expert in manipulating Scripture to suit their needs and Jesus was constantly thwarting their attempts to trip Him up; why? Because they didn’t teach or even learn the spirit behind the letter of the Word.
This is what makes the enemy of our souls so devious; he is a master of manipulation. Remember, the enemy loves to use either omissions or even half-truths; but a half-truth is still a whole lie. Lacing a little bit of truth with anything that is contrary to God’s word is still a lie. The same thing applies to “allowing the means to justify the end.” Either way it is a compromise to the truth. The only way to gain knowledge and understanding about how we should live is to immerse ourselves in God’s Word; all of His Word and not just the parts we want.
Paul wrote the following concerning our responsibility to society:
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” – Romans 13:1-2.
God does not ask us to obey every corrupt device of government, but we are still to pray for those in leadership and we are to understand what we take upon ourselves when we choose to be employed by someone else. It is getting harder to remain calm as Christians with the state of our government and the aspect of our religious liberties eroding every day that passes. But – God does have a plan and like a Master Chessman, there are certain powers and governments that have to align to bring back the Son of God, our true Redeemer and Savior. Don’t forget the history of Moses and Pharaoh and what it took for the Jewish people to finally be free. But let’s not forget the grumbling and complaining due to their lack of faith during their flight as well. We want to learn from history and not repeat it.
Now what about the root of the police officer’s claim, that he wanted the public to know that he was a Christian? He was relying upon the pin as his way of testifying to his faith; and nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but again, let’s look back at scripture, the only true foundation for truth:
“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.”
“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” – 1 John 3:7-11. (emphasis mine).
We are seen and perceived through what we do, not what we wear or display; there is nothing inherently wrong with pins or banners, etc., but if you want to be a testimony to Christ, walk the walk; it takes a lot more effort, a lot more practice; displaying a pin or bumper sticker just won’t do it by themselves and especially in the age we are living in where everyone’s lives are under a microscope.
If you truly want to grasp the Christian’s lifestyle and how to portray our testimony and if you want to really find the main theme and purpose of why we have been Redeemed, then read Matthew 22:36-40, and the short Epistle of 1 John; I guarantee it will help keep you from being deceived by the enemy’s half-truths.
“He truly felt that as a Christian, he had a right to disobey because it was for a higher purpose.”
NT scripture tells us we don’t get to disobey and we don’t necessarily get to claim special rights. Uniform code is there for a reason. Does some officer get to wear a KKK pin or a Nazi pin or pin of some other religion or political party ? No, no, no.
The Word is very clear about obeying those above us, especially our bosses or leaders. As long as we don’t cross any moral lines they ask us too, our obedience “as unto the Lord” brings peace and much joy. God Bless!