These three elements came together and ended in a huge head on collision when Navy Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt was punished in 2004 for using specific bible verses to pray in Jesus Name. Without going through the horror of rehashing it here on the blog visit “Navy Chaplain Sues” for more information then join back here for further discussion below.
Jesus says in Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me…” Given this scripture, is it any wonder that a man who prays would not be allowed to *gulp* pray in Jesus name? Something that is actually required of every believer?
Yet again, we have to think about the laws of the land and obedience. If prayer is not allowed…why invite a chaplain on board in the first place?
Duh. I don’t know the answer to that one, so I digress.
Jesus continues in verse 22, “…but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Nice! But how do we stand firm in the midst of a world that bans teachers from praying over students and chaplains from praying for the hurting and lost?
Why is this? Praying is the most harmless, selfless act!
We remain standing firm, that’s how we remain strong in the world. Whatever that may mean to you, could be different for me. Standing firm could mean several things.
- Staying at your occupation(if you are legally able to do so) and continue to be steadfast and joyful that Jesus has already overcome the world.
- Creative ways to reach the lost without getting yourself arrested or punished in some other way.
- Leave the establishment. This is ideal if your position or wherever you are is requiring that you not be yourself. We need to remember that believing in God is our culture and if the world can share their culture with us and we embrace it- then we can be open about our culture in God.
Some may be thinking: Yeah, but its to be expected anyway. We can’t make others take on our beliefs.
That is not the goal anyway.
Whenever you pray, fast, worship, fellowship, the world will see this and know you are God’s people (John 13:34-35).
Any comments or questions?
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*Scripture taken from NIV