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Not Under Obligation

September 3, 2017


Not Under Obligation

Do you feel obligated  to always be  politically correct?     Our society  is fast developing the idea  that the most intolerant people get  to judge  and sue those  who have been tolerant,  claiming they are intolerant  because of their faith  in God’s word.

Examples include:   Christian prayer  in schools is forbidden,  but Muslim prayer  is to be acceptable — pro-life doctors are taken  to court  for not performing abortions — Christian churches are assaulted  for preaching God’s word  regarding homosexuality — Christian seminaries are sued  for not ordaining  homosexual pastors — businesses are frowned upon  for saying “Merry Christmas”  and selling Christian decorations — teaching the theory  of evolution  is approved,  but teaching intelligent design  is forbidden — it’s politically correct  to mock Christ,  but politically incorrect  to say faith  in Christ  is the only way  to eternal life  or say anything  supposedly negative  about another religion — the list of examples  goes on and on.

In each  of these situations,  Christians are intimidated  for holding  onto their faith  in God’s word.     Does God’s word  show us  how we should be  in these circumstances?     Yes.     There are many examples,  but three are given here:

  1. Genesis 39 tells a part  of the story  of Joseph.     He had become a slave  in Egypt  to Potiphar,  an officer  of Pharaoh.     Potiphar realized  that God had blessed Joseph  with great talents  in management,  so he had Joseph manage all  of his household.

Because Joseph was handsome,  Potiphar’s wife wanted  to go to bed  with him.     She was  on his case  day after day after day.     Joseph refused  because Potiphar had entrusted everything  to him  and he wanted  to remain trustworthy.     Most importantly,  in faith,  Joseph declared,  “How then  could I do  this great evil,  and sin  against God?”

In pure spitefulness,  Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph  of raping her  and Joseph was wrongfully thrown  in jail.     But,  even in jail,  Joseph remained faithful  in all  of his actions,  and was blessed by God there.

We are not under obligation  to sin morally,  but must stand strong  in God’s love  and commandments.

  1. Daniel 3 tells the story  of Shadrach,  Meshach,  and Abednego.     They were three young Israelites  in exile  in Babylon.     King Nebuchadnezzar had built  a huge statue  and commanded all the people  to bow down  and worship it.     Anybody who dared  to refuse  was to be thrown  into a blazing furnace  of fire.

When Shadrach,  Meshach,  and Abednego would not bow down,  Nebuchadnezzar was furious  and said, “What god is there  who can deliver you  out of my hands?”

The three Israelites respectfully answered,  “O Nebuchadnezzar,  we do not need  to give you  an answer  concerning this.     If it be so,  our God  whom we serve  is able  to deliver us  from the furnace  of blazing fire;  and He will deliver us  out of your hand,  O king.     But even if  He does not,  let it be known  to you, O king,  that we are not going  to serve your gods  or worship the golden image  that you have set up.”

The furnace was made extra hot  and the soldiers  who threw the three Israelites in  were killed  by the heat.     Nevertheless,  the three Israelites remained safe  and someone  with the appearance  of “a son of the gods” walked around  with them.     They did not even smell  like smoke  when they came out.

The king declared their God  to be the only God  to be worshiped  and made them prosper  in the province  of Babylon.

We are under  no obligation  to say that any  of the “gods” of this world  are in any way equal  to the LORD God Almighty.

  1. Jesus is our third example.     One needs  to read  MatthewMarkLuke  and John  to get a gist  of how He lived.     The Romans ruled all  of Israel,  along with most all  of Europe  and northern Africa.     They were morally decadent  with their sexual orgies,  infanticide,  homosexuality,  idolatry,  and political tyranny.

In the midst  of all that,  Jesus simply preached  the truth  and lived  the truth.     He never once considered imitating  their lifestyle  or forcing them  to live  His lifestyle.     Instead,  He lived a life  of quiet  and perfect obedience  to God’s ways.

Jesus always preached  the truth  of salvation  through repentance  and faith.     He never minced words  in an effort  to be politically correct.     Though He condemned  all sexual sins,  He willingly forgave  all the repentant.     Though He condemned  all the man made traditions  and false teachings  of the Jewish leaders,  He patiently taught them  the how  and why  of the gospel.

We are under  no obligation  to accept the ways  of the world.     Instead,  we are to be  like Jesus,  living in quiet obedience  to our Lord  and strongly standing up  for the truth  of the gospel.

Is there anything  we are obligated  to do?     Yes!     We are obligated  to live rightly  under God’s Lordship,  because He suffered  and died to pay  for our sins.     We have been bought  by the blood  of Christ  and are to live accordingly.

When we humbly live  with our Lord’s love,  we will be free  and gladly say,  “Hallelujah!     The Lord truly brings us  real joy!”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12








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