But If Not

I hope everyone takes time today to reflect on and appreciate the work and life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We are all children of God, and His call to love our neighbor makes no exception for race or ethnicity or nationality.  This is a great sermon of Dr. King’s and speaks to my heart in this day and age.  It’s long, but it’s worth it.


It gets so hard to stand up for what is right. People are increasingly polarized in their politics, and I have even found that folks who are what you might call “apolitical” are more vehemently so. Trying to have a rational conversation about rights and freedoms and economics and Constitutional protections is darn near impossible with folks that don’t already believe the same things you do. The same holds true for conversations about God and Jesus.

And yet, what I take away from this sermon is that we must stand up for truth. We must pursue it. We must advocate for it unashamedly. God will bless us for doing so, but EVEN IF NOT we must do it anyway.

For a Thirty-One husband:
Are you unapologetically your wife’s biggest fan? It can be tough to be a servant leader in your family, but it can sometimes be even harder to show that example publicly. Do your friends, family, coworkers, colleagues see that side of you? Or are you concerned about the “whipped” label? Do you put time with and for your family above time with “the guys”? Will you decline invitations from that crowd in order to spend time enjoying and serving your wife and family? What competes for your time with your family?

And what about your faith? Do people see your faith in the way you live? Or are you worried about being labeled a religious nut or a goody two shoes? When was the last time you shared your faith with someone?

Commit yourself to serving God, even if there may be some discomfort in the immediate future, confident in your eternal reward and in Him.

 

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