I delivered this message to our congregation yesterday May 15, 2016. As you read it, pray for school administrators, teachers, parents and students. Pray for those who struggle with gender confusion and those in their families. Pray that our nation would remember the importance of a person’s religious identity even as they recognize the importance of every person’s unique sexual identity.
- On Friday our government chose to advise every school in the United States that they must accommodate the desire of a student to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender they identify with most.
- This move of course came to the lament of Christians who see this kind of action as a overreach into an area of privacy and modesty that Christians are commanded to protect and share with their spouse.
- Some Christians reacted immediately to say that they were going to pull their children out of public schools.
- To be honest most of us probably had that knee jerk reaction.
- The question for us today is how God wants us to respond to this situation and to the number of situations that occur as our government makes decisions that conflict with our faith.
- Even though our county’s First Amendment ensures that we have right to freely exercise our religion, such a right has no power if we cannot practically live out that right.
- Our passage today shows us how Abraham dealt with a similar situation in which he was given an expansive right from the king of his land.
- From this passage we will learn four strategies Abraham uses to sojourn in the land of a foreign king.