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If Only They’d Complied
We all have seen Black Lives Matter on television when they’ve protested the killing of an African-American by a police officer. In some cases, people involved in the protests end up destroying property. Sometimes the issue is clear, and an officer did not do wrong, other times it’s not too obvious. No one seems willing to wait for the truth before they pitch an opinion one way or another, especially the media, who want to get viewer’s attention over correct news information.
Some people are quick to say if the person killed had only complied, they’d still be alive. After all, compliance isn’t raising your hands and then turning and walking away when an officer is telling you to stop.
I’ve often wondered if God doesn’t say, “If they’d only complied with my word, things wouldn’t be so bad.” Imagine how much better things would be not only in this country, but our personal lives if we’d only listened to God’s word. Our heavenly Father must be shaking his head a lot these days with the actions of Christians.
Matthew 16:24 says, Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” To deny oneself means to comply with what God is telling you to do.
As a kid, did you ever do something wrong, maybe shoplift, because another kid did so? You knew it was wrong, but you did it anyway. And once you got caught, you said “but he did it too,” in the hopes that the accusation might lessen your punishment
Christians behave the same way. We tell God all the time, “Sure I did this, but I’m not as bad as ________ (fill in the blank).” We all seem to want the other guy to be obedient before we have to. We must remember God doesn’t have a scoresheet for sins. All are equal in His eyes.
As Christians, we should comply with God’s word at all times, not wait until after the person in the pew next to us does.
Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s Will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is. – George Müller, Evangelist
Compliance is never easy, especially in a stressful situation where you’re uncertain of the outcome. However, it could at times save your life, especially when dealing with the police. And when it comes to God, it could mean the difference between Heaven and hell.
Looked at it in that regard, compliance shouldn’t be too hard of a choice.
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