The Conduct Of The Free (Part 2)
! Peter 2:13-17
“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
America is the greatest country of planet earth and has been that way because of the sacrifices of those that have come before us and have given more of themselves than they received from others. However, as those brave and patriotic servants die off, the younger generation do not understand the importance of patriotism and respect for our nation. Since the 1970’s flag burning, stomping and disrespect has increased and education about our nation’s history and it’s sacrifice has decreased. How is America to be great again when we forget from whence we came?
When researching sacred and secular history, I find that people normally conduct themselves in one of a few ways when they experience freedom from captivity:
- Grateful Spirit
- Good Attitude
- Grim Attitude
- Grumbling Attitude
- Galled Spirit
We as Americans have to both honor the that have given all for our land and we must conduct ourselves as the free men and women should. Join us as we discuss The Conduct Of The Free.
I. GOOD ATTITUDE
When one lives and abides in a place or land of freedom and knows that they could have been in a place where they could be under oppression, they begin to show a good attitude towards this freedom. They show extreme appreciation for their freedom and to the ones that help make it possible. This appreciation is called patriotism but in a spiritual realm it is called sanctification and victory.
When a person appreciates the liberty that has been awarded them, there should be a sense of responsibility to honor the ones that provided.
Many people are familiar with the internet situation going around social media of NFL football Quarterback Colin Caepernick kneeling during the National Anthem. I have my own persona feelings about his actions but we will see what the bible says:
“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”
Mr. Caepernick’s jersey sales have doubled, and his name is on every single blog and news media outlet each weekend. Mr. Caepernick claims that he refuses to stand due to racism and police brutality but I ask a few questions.
- Why is he having such a bad attitude in the area of racism? He is bi-racial and was born in Wisconsin and attended college in Nevada. He says that he is doing this for crimes against blacks but he himself is NOT black. So what stake does he have in this?
- Why now? Why not come out with this when he 1st went pro? Since the hard violence came out in the last couple of years, there has been no few articles about Mr. Caepernick’s past racial issues. Why now? I believe that he is attempting to capitalize on the “band-wagon”.
- What do you hope to gain from this? Colin Kaepernick’s annual salary is about $19,000,000. Yep! 19 Million. He signed a contract worth $114,000,000 over 6 years with the 49ers. He said that he would donate is first million to various community organizations but is that it? Why don’t you open a community center where young black men can earn how to learn manners and respect. Why don’t you donate these funds to police agencies for community diversity training. Since you are so against “Bad Cops”. You can’t complain against them and do nothing to change it. That’s like seeing a house fire but not attempting to rescue the occupants inside.
All I can say is that if Mr. Caepernick had a good attitude he would see beyond himself, beyond the status and prestige but he has reluctantly exhibited behavior to initiate positive change. How about you? What fruit indicates that you have a good attitude? A good attitude about freedom is just more than saying words but it is about demonstrating that you mean what you say. God proved this in Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He didn’t just leave humanity hanging as lost and spiritually dead sinners, He provided a way. How about you? Are you all talk or is there action behind your words? This separated a good conversation from a good attitude. In tomorrow’s devotionals we will look at a bad attitude. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.