Across the Preacher’s Desk: Do We Obey God or Men?

July 9, 2020 - In Psalm 100:1-2 we find these words: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.”
Then we read these words in Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Here is another passage in Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus ate the Passover with the disciples, and we read, Matthew 26:30, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.”

Yet, during our “present distress” some government officials have banned singing in church.  What do Christians do when confronted with that type of situation?

When Peter and John were imprisoned and commanded to not teach in the name of Jesus, they continued teaching of Jesus.  When they were again brought before the council and asked why they disobeyed they answered, Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

It’s something to think about . . . tbp

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