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August 17, 2013

O is for Obedience

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A patrol officer caught him red-handed, breaking out a plate glass window of a business in the downtown area.

Apparently the little guy had been taught well by his six older brothers. The first he said was, “Before y’all start asking me questions, give me a couple of minutes to get my story together.” We knew this family struggled with dysfunction and there was no discipline applied in appropriate ways. I don’t know whatever happened to those boys, but I am sure most, if not all of them, had a difficult life unless they found purpose.

Have you known people like the above? We have them around us every day. As a Christian, how are we to respond to others? Well, this passage has something to say about it: 1 John 4:20: “If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

Do we struggle with this concept? Yes.

It is tough for Christians to obey such commands because, for one thing, it really takes us out of our comfort zone, and we don’t do well treading in areas where we would rather not be.

Obedience to scripture is important. The Bible has much to say about a child needing to obey the parents. It also talks about obedience to government. We would rather bypass some of this obedience talk and not be reminded of our responsibility to simply obey what is right.

Hey, who said life would be easy? We face issues daily. Some of those issues come about when we walk in disobedience, but when we decide to obey what is right, it really makes life easier.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, is a Bishop in the Lutheran Orthodox Church and can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through www.doclayne.com.

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