Summary: How to deal with evil people/situations in such a way as to still leave the door open for God to work in a constructive way.
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THE CHRISTIAN RESISTANCE:
HOW TO SAY NO TO EVIL
Exodus 22:28“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler “of your people.”
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1. There are times in life that we will be asked to participate in something we
feel to be immoral, unethical, illegal, dishonest or unscriptural.
a) It becomes more complicated when the one asking us to compromise is
an authority over our life.
b) What should a Christian do when we are asked to cooperate with (or
look the other way) on something that we feel to be wrong or even evil?
c) “Someone has said before you say “no” to your boss, take a good look
at both sides—his side and the outside.”
d) The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 We live in this world, but we
don’t act like its people or fight our battles with the weapons of this
world. Instead, we use God’s power that can destroy fortresses. We
destroy arguments Contemporary English Version (CEV)
e) We can behave in such a way
that our Christian witness is actually strengthened
that God’s kingdom has a chance to work through us on people’s
2. Here is a current example:
a) On November 4th a new president was elected by the American people.
b) He was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
c) In terms of electoral votes it was a landslide; but the popular vote was
53% to 46%.
d) Many Christians did not vote for this President on scriptural grounds—
believing he supports and promotes many things the Bible forbids.
e) How can Christians stand up for truth in a wise and God-honoring
3. I found it interesting that President Obama asked Pastor Rick Warren to
give the prayer at his Inauguration.
a) That prayer was a sermon from a conservative Baptist minister.
b) Pastor Rick prayed for almost 5 minutes!
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c) Evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said, “I’d rather be able to pray than
to be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to
preach, but only how to pray.”
d) You should watch it on Youtube:
e) Rick Warren preached the Gospel message as on and on he prayed!
4. Warren ended by praying the Lord’s Prayer.
a) The camera panned the crowds during the Lord’s Prayer.
b) Many were praying the prayer with Pastor Rick and many were not.
c) One, who sat in stony silence and clinched jaw, was President Barack
Obama. He chose not to join in.
d) Chuck Norris commented on this on his website saying, “God’s will is
not always done. … when you pray, ’Thy will be done,’ you’re saying … ’I
accept your plan, and I surrender to God’s control…Reciting the Lord’s
Prayer is pleading with God to erect his kingdom and execute his desires
on earth as they are in heaven. It is calling upon the one true God,
asking for his nature to overrun ours, his wishes to be fulfilled (not ours),
and his rule and reign to be established (not ours)…it is the most
"dangerous" prayer one can pray if one wants to continue to live selfishly,
misuse power and maintain control over others…Why would Warren,
who thoroughly understands the Scriptures, pray that particular prayer at
the transference of new political powers with whom he largely disagrees?
The answer is obvious…Warren was being as "shrewd as a serpent and
innocent as a dove."
e) Chuck Norris was quoting Jesus who said, I am sending you out like
sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent
as doves. Matthew 10:16 New International Version (NIV)
5. Obama took flack for allowing Rick Warren to give the prayer
a) A reporter asked Obama: “Good morning sir I have a question about
Pastor Rick Warren. He holds a number of social views that are at odds
with your own views and with those of your very strong supporters. I’m
wondering what went into your decision for choosing him for this
prominent role at a time when you are dotting every “I” and crossing
every “T.” This sends some very important signals. Obama responded,
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“I think that it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay
and lesbian Americans. It is something that I have been consistent on,
and something I intend to continue to be consistent on during my
presidency. Even though we might have disagreements over certain
social issues, I would note that a couple of years ago, I was invited to
Rick Warren’s Church to speak despite his awareness that I held views
that were entirely contrary to his views on gay and lesbian rights and