Shelby G. Floyd
It is human nature to resist submitting to authority. And yet the Bible commands us to “humble ourselves.” In discussing the role of the elders of the church, Peter declared that they are to “shepherd the flock,” and to “take the oversight” of the congregation. In taking this responsibility, the bishops or elders are to superintend and direct the life of each local congregation: “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be…” (1 Peter 5:1-2 NIV). Continue reading “CLOTHED WITH HUMILITY”
Shelby G. Floyd
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Once Jesus held up a little child in his arms and stated that unless adult people are converted and become as little children, they cannot enter the kingdom of God (Matthew 18:3). He added that when one humbles himself as a little child, that person is great in the kingdom (Matthew 18:4). Christ loved the little children and pointed out that God is praised out of the mouth of the innocent little children.
In America, almost every day we hear of little children being kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered by unrepentant sex offenders, and uncaring parents and caretakers. How long will this wickedness be tolerated by the general public and by those who are appointed to bring about justice? Little children who are abused are powerless and need someone to speak up for them and act on their behalf. Continue reading “Abuse of the Innocents”