Posts tagged ‘leader’

August 29, 2012

Hateful Speech

by pastortimfowler

Speech is Silver

I saw this on Facebook today: Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. When I read it I thought about our nasty political climate and presidential campaign and it made me think about these verses of the Bible:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (GW)
1 First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people,
2 for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way
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Christians should really think before they post things on Facebook or anywhere else that are full of hateful words. I think that it is very easy for us to lose our credibility as the people of love that we are supposed to be when all people see or hear from us is hateful slams of those we disagree with. Some of you may quickly say that in America, we have freedom of speech, and that is true, but as Christians, we have freedom from sin and using hate filled speech is sinful.
Years ago, I got out of the Navy and because I needed a job to provide income immediately, I went to work as a car salesman. One of the things I had to do is learn about the competition’s cars. All car makers make a model to compete with the others, like compact, mid-sized, full-sized, and pick-ups. What you learn is that there are subtle differences between each of them and that a good salesman could tell you what they are. My boss told me to learn those differences, not to talk down about the other make of cars, but to point out the ways your make of car was better. For instance I might say to a customer, Yes sir, the Chevy does have good towing capability, but the Ford we sell will tow a thousand pounds more than that. Given the fact that they are both fine vehicles, wouldn’t you get more for your money with our better towing capability?
But for some reason, people like to talk about the bad stuff or the different stuff as if it were bad. I was told years ago that different is not always wrong, it is just different. That is the way our country was built, to respect and give freedom to be different. But in the case where different is in deed wrong, slamming that wrong publicly rarely results in change. That is where Christians need to remember the words written in the verses above. Whatever leader is in place, it is because God has allowed that leader to be there. We are to follow the laws of the land and to respect those who are in authority over us and most of all we are to pray for them. Romans 13:4 The government is God’s servant working for your good. But if you do what is wrong, you should be afraid. The government has the right to carry out the death sentence. It is God’s servant, an avenger to execute God’s anger on anyone who does what is wrong.

So I challenge you to promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Love covers a multitude of sin.

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November 2, 2011

I Want To Be Great!

by pastortimfowler

King David was said to be a man after God’s heart. He did not start out as a king, in fact, he was a shepherd from a pretty normal family. When God chose him to be king, the only thing that he had going for him was that he trusted God and was a faithful shepherd. He was the kind of shepherd that did not mind the lonely nights and days and the dangers of wolves and lions. But he was not considered the strongest or bravest and wasn’t even the oldest of Jesse’s sons.
So why would God pick someone like that? We often look at great leaders as coming from a great bloodline and given everything from the finest schools to the finest training for taking over the leading role. The Bible says that God does not look at the outside and what we have to offer, but rather He looks on the inside, to what our heart has to offer, mainly faithfulness. And this shepherd boy from humble beginnings was that, faithful.
The history of David tells us that even after he was anointed king, there was a good bit of time before he actually took the throne. He spent much time ministering to an evil king that was trying to kill him. He remained faithful to whom God had put in place as a leader and even served him as the chief musician. During this time he gained the friendship and respect of the king’s son and many others who watched as the king tried to kill him.
David eventually fled to hide from the kings armies who were sent to kill him and many people followed him into hiding until the time was right to take on the battle at hand. Those who followed David were not the leaders of society, but many of them outcasts and fugitives. It was this group of rejected people who God used to defeat the king’s army and move David to the throne.
Once David became king, he never forgot those who helped him get there. He built a kingdom that was strong and one where the people respected the leader. God honored this and allowed the kingdom to expand and become the most powerful of its time. But then the riches and fame offered overwhelming temptation and David fell to it. He committed adultery and even murder to try to cover his sins. He became a miserable man, yet this did not change him from being known as a man after God’s heart. No, not right then, this title came early, before he was king, but God ensured that it stick throughout history. How?
If you read through the Psalms, you will see a time of writings that came from David, a broken man. One that realized that his sin was not just against an innocent woman and man, but most of all against a holy God that loved him. His misery and morning are poured out into these Psalms in a desperate cry for salvation and forgiveness and that is what seeks God’s heart.
God does not want the holy and righteous, because there are none. He seeks those who need to be forgiven because they have sinned and that includes all of us. When we fail, God does not want to punish us, but rather forgive and restore us, just as He did with David. I believe David wanted forgiveness more than any man ever has, and that is why he was known as a man after God’s heart. David knew God intimately and desired that closeness, especially once he realized he had lost it. When he cried out to God for help and sought forgiveness, God forgave him fully. He will do that for us too.
You don’t have to come from money or power or have a name that all know in order to be special in the eyes of God. All you need to do is humble yourself like David did and let God lift you up to greatness. Just don’t forget that the greatness God gives rarely looks like the greatness man claims. God, through Jesus Christ, can make you a child of the King and great in the Kingdom of God.