Monday, July 17, 2017

Christian Influence

As a Christian I was born to have an influence. When a baby is born to a member of the royal family he or she is immediately a royal with immense influence. However, like any normal baby, a royal comes into the world as a person that needs to be trained in the proper behavior of a member of the royal family, traditions, and protocol.

Last year Karen and I watched The Crown on Netflix. It is a fascinating story about Queen Elizabeth from birth to adulthood and it covers in some dramatic detail the many things she was required to know and do, many of which she hated. For example, Elizabeth promised her sister she could marry a divorced man but discovered from Winston Churchill that it was not possible for her to give such permission. Rather than having enormous freedom and authority, the Queen was constantly reminded that she served at the pleasure of the Crown or Kingdom rather than her own desires. The scripture uses kingdom in a similar way.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. I Peter 1:9 

We who know Christ were born again as royalty and like all chosen people we must learn the skills, patterns, and protocol required. That is called Discipleship in the Bible and the process of making disciples is called Equipping. One of the key things to equip royal Christian babies is how to act and speak properly so as to have positive influence rather than negative influence. 

Like the young Queen we may want to do things we have no authority to do. We may wish to demand and command that those with whom we disagree should be silenced. That is not allowed. Everyone in our world has the freedom to speak. As a Christian I sometimes want to stop people from misquoting scripture or interpretation is wrong. But I do not have authority to do that.  

P&G spends 8 Billion Dollars annually on marketing. They are very careful to use their money and knowledge wisely. I wish every one of us would be as careful as P&G to always be positive, uplifting, and encouraging. 

Go to our web for videos and written materials on building a positive influence.  

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