Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

We cannot blame leadership when we make wrong decisions. The Lord is holding each one of us responsible for our own choices. If dance ministry leadership shows up late to rehearsals or exhibits poor dedication to the ministry, this is not an excuse for ministry members to adopt the same behavior. We cannot treat people disrespectfully or display "diva" attitudes based on the actions or influence of someone else. God did not accept Adam's excuse when he blamed Eve for disobeying His instructions...

Difficult choices are necessary to discover what really lies within our hearts. It is true that obedience is better than sacrafice, but it is also true that we must work out our own soul salvation. If the dance ministry decides to wear inappropriate attire, will we? If the group decides to have a night out at a local bar for drinks, should we attend? If the dance team decides to openly challenge Pastoral authority or instructions, will we join in the effort? If ministry members decide to oust the current dance ministry leader by planning a surprise meeting and impromptu "trial," will we testify as a witness for the prosecution?

It is a daily decision to make choices that would glorify the Lord. When we stand for righteousness, we may encourage someone else to walk uprightly. Taking a stand does not mean acting as the resident critic or passionately discussing our disagreements with whomever may give us an ear. Often, we can make the most impact by interceding for the situation and not participating in any behavior that would lead to destruction and division.

1 Samuel 24:17 (NKJV)
Then he said to David: “You are more righteous than I; for you have rewarded me with good, whereas I have rewarded you with evil.

Jeremiah 22:3 (NKJV)
Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the plundered out of the hand of the oppressor. Do no wrong and do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

Proverbs 11:23 (NKJV)
The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

1 Peter 3:13 (NKJV)
[Suffering for Right and Wrong] And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?

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