Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
No matter what we think about law enforcement in general and officers in particular, I think we would all agree it’s not an easy job. Split-second life and death decisions. Officers have the responsibility to serve and protect all citizens. They do this while dealing with those bent on breaking the law without regard for the lives or safety of others. Citizens want their property and families protected by “perfect” officers who never make mistakes and always know who is “innocent” and telling the truth. Unfortunately, since we are human beings, no such person exists. They could use our help. Adopt-a-Cop is a good place to start. So how do you get involved?
Welcome to Ocean Commotion! Every day, our kids are challenged to stand for God in their schools, among their friends, in our culture . . . no matter what. And they’re bombarded with the lie that God’s Word isn’t true when it talks about earthly things (rocks, fossils), so it can’t be trusted to tell the truth about spiritual things.
Noah experienced the same challenges during the time of the great Flood thousands of years ago. Yet, by God’s grace, he was able to Stand for God, Obey God, Trust God, Thank God, and Fear God . . . no matter what. The biggest watery catastrophe the world has ever known happened during his lifetime. But through it all, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Last week we looked at three attitudes that make strong men weak. The first was lust. The second was a spirit of entitlement. And finally, pride.
Samson left his town, traveled four miles to go pursue a Philistine woman that was off-limits to him. He said, "I want it!" Then he broke his Nazirite vow by touching a dead lion for a handful of honey. He said, "I deserve it!" And when he wasn't supposed to get near alcohol, he threw a party before his wedding. And he thought, "I can handle it!" We watched an extremely strong man become very, very weak.
So you think you're strong? If we're honest, most of us tend to think we can handle life pretty well. But how strong are we really?
Even the best intentions falter when faced with temptation. Right men? Yes, this series is for you. For the next four weeks we will be looking at the life of Samson. A strong man for sure. But with a dangerously weak will. Don't let the forces of evil take you out.