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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

151216 Distracted Battles; What Do You Think?

Football Coach Sidelined for Praying

My first thought comes from Matthew 6, where Jesus Christ spoke of giving and praying in secret, but I could be wrong, because we are also not to be ashamed of the gospel. I know from the Word as well as multiple instances of personal experience that a secret prayer, one that no human can see, has had immediate and lasting results. (1 Samuel 1:10,11,20)

We don't have to be out in the open when we talk to God. In fact, it is it easier to concentrate in private. God hears our prayers no matter where we are. It doesn't seem right that this man is not allowed to pray in public, but rules are rules. Is he using this to witness? If so, it's not working. He needs to speak directly to individuals, not use the shotgun splattering effect. We obey secular rules as long as it doesn't interfere with our obedience to God, and God tells us to speak to those who want to hear. (Acts 1:8: Acts 5:20; Ephesians 4:15)

How is this public display obeying God? It seems to have become a ritual for this coach, and God tells us in His Word that ritual is not what He wants. God wants our hearts. (Matthew 6; Romans 14) I know that situations like this have become a rallying cry for some Christians, but personally, I believe that it is fighting the WRONG battle. We should be spreading love to individuals, not looking for occasions to waste time fighting the secular governments. Government has no soul. Only individuals can be saved.

What are your thoughts?

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