My Grace-Full Life

4.19.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Opinions, Beliefs, & Iced Tea

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• If you want to get some strong opinions, or you’re just itching for an argument, then ask a Southerner their opinion on iced tea.
Except for me.
I’m the only Southerner who doesn’t like it (and yes, I really am a native Southerner… I have a birth certificate to prove it).
But for the rest of the Southern community—the topic of iced tea is one they are vehement about.
Their opinion on how iced tea should be served is unflinchingly rigid and not up for debate.
There are some things in life that really shouldn’t be compromised.
I feel the same way about certain things.
I have very strong opinions about how mayonnaise should go on a tomato sandwich.
I will always argue that you should read the book before you see the movie.
I will also stand firm that poached eggs are far superior to scrambled.
And I have extremely strong opinions about the volume being set on an even number or a number divisible by five.
When it comes to having strong opinions, these are the superficial things the world accepts.
Then, the bigger things.
Political things.
I’m not going there.
Let’s hop over that topic and go on to opinions about the things of eternal significance, i.e., Jesus being the Son of God…
Or the Holy Bible being the authoritative Word of God…
Or the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ…
The world sees these beliefs as opinions while Christians see these beliefs as facts.
And unfortunately, in our politically-correct society, many churches are sacrificing Biblical truths in order to compromise to the world’s standards.
This is pandering to another master.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 NLT, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Okay, He said money.
But this is a verse-mapping opportunity.
You cannot serve God and the world (1 Corinthians 10:21).
You cannot serve God and compromise His truths (Proverbs 30:5-6).
You cannot serve God and add/change Scripture (Revelation 22:18-19).
In our world where compromise is celebrated, let us hold tight to the Word of God.
None of us are qualified to question it or second guess it.
He ordained it and it is perfect (2 Timothy 3:16).
We are called to live it.
While the world will call us bigots, we’re not.
A bigot is someone with intolerant views.
We have our beliefs we hold dear to our hearts; but we don’t hate someone for disagreeing with our beliefs.
So different, but if the world labels us that way, whatever.
I’m not going to debate it.
I’ll just say caution should be applied when pointing fingers of accusation…
Because there’s always three fingers pointing back.
But I will maintain that I serve God and Him alone and following His word is my priority.
Today, as you pray, give praise to God our Father who gave us His perfect Word, and pray that Christians throughout the world will embrace it without falling to the temptation of compromise.
We know Whose we are and Who we serve.
Pray that we will focus on one Master only.

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