Ever felt like the "minority" in a circumstance that you couldn't "stand-up" against, so you compromise to "fit" with the "majority"? Currently (July 2011), my Minnesota Twins baseball team is struggling (below .500 record) and I hear friends or media around me "diss" or "talk bad" about them. As a faithful fan (since 87'), I've gone through "up and down" seasons, but I'm still "rooting" for them no matter what circumstances as I have a passion for the sport of baseball overall. It's similar to our faith in God. The world around us can talk "bad" about Him (e.g. there is NO God, taking prayers out of schools, etc...), but are we going to "give-in" and do the same? I can easily say "no" to this because of my growing personal relationship and trust in Him. This is why it's important to grow in our faith-trust in Him, which is encouraged through that daily devotions (e.g. spend time in His Word). It's how I'm a devoted Twins fan, I've been a fan since 87' and been "following" them ever since.
Many or all of us don't like the feeling to be "outnumbered" or be "singled-out". We all get that "peer-pressure" to conform with the "majority" (e.g. society). However, is it always "good"? God is for the "oppressed", which helps all of us (e.g. persecuted) let us know we are "not" alone!
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In the years following Jesus' resurrection, the disciples learn to practice His teachings. While working at the salt mine, James witnesses two fellow prisoners fighting to be number one. He remembers being with Jesus as He embraced the children and humbly kneeled to wash the disciples' feet. Comparing the Savior's humility to King Agrippa, we learn that the way to greatness in His Kingdom is not found in how many serve you, but in how many you serve.
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The Unjust Trial of Jesus
The critics of Christianity have a retort to the case set forth above. They allege that Christ was not an innocent victim; rather, supposedly, he was a blasphemer —a violator of the Jewish law under which he lived. It is further charged that he was properly tried, found guilty in a court of law, and justly executed consistent with the legal code of his day. How shall we respond? There is ample historical evidence as to the nature of Jesus’ trial twenty centuries ago. Corley affirms: “As a fact of history the trial and death of Jesus of Nazareth is a matter beyond dispute. It is better attested and supported with a wider array of evidence than any other comparable event known to us from the ancient world” (841).
Over the years, several scholarly writers have demonstrated forecfully that the so-called trial of Christ (both the Jewish and Roman phases) was flawed egregiously with numerous moral and legal irregularities.
In the early 1800s, Dr. Joseph Salvador, a learned Jewish physician residing in Paris, produced a work entitled History of the Institutions of Moses and the Hebrew People. One chapter of this production concerned the administration of justice among the Hebrews. A portion of that section was designated “The Trial and Condemnation of Jesus,” in which the esteemed author attempted to demonstrate, appealing to the Gospel records themselves, that the Lord’s trial, considered merely as a legal proceeding, was entirely consistent with Jewish law.
After the publication of his essay, Dr. Salvador sent a copy of his work to a M. Dupin, one of the most eminent lawyers of the French Bar. Monsieur Dupin was asked if he would give consideration to the argument presented, which, happily, he consented to do, producing, in 1839, an essay titled: Analysis: Of The Chapter Of Mr. Salvador, Entitled “The Administration Of Justice” Among The Jews. Both Salvador’s piece and Dupin’s review, were subsequently published in a remarkable book titled: The Testimony of the Evangelists Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice, authored by Simon Greenleaf, Dane Professor of Law at Harvard University, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the nature of legal evidence. A copy of this volume is in the author’s possession.
In 1954 a book appeared under the title A Lawyer Reviews the Illegal Trial of Jesus. The volume was written by prominent criminal defense attorney, Earle H. Wingo, Past President of the Mississippi State Bar Association, and the author of a textbook on criminal law and procedure. Mr. Wingo for many years had made a special study of the conditions which prevailed in Judea during the time of Christ, particularly concerning the procedures of the Jewish Sanhedrin, as well as those pertaining to the Roman system. His conclusion was:
A careful study and analysis of all the Jewish laws in existence when Jesus was tried brings one to the definite conclusion that the entire proceedings were no more than a mockery and a farce. Every protective law was ignored when dealing with Jesus (Pre-face).
In April of 1963 an article was circulated via the auspices of the Associated Press, under the title: “Trial And Sentencing of Jesus Illegal, Says Judge.” The article quoted Judge Elmer N. Holmgren of the Cook County Superior Court, who, for more than thirty years had studied the legal facts of Jesus’ trial. “Delving into ancient Jewish and Roman law, he found that various aspects of the trial before Jewish authorities and Pilate violated both legal systems.”
In 1952 an important work issued from the press. The title is Hebrew Criminal Law and Procedure, Mishnah: Sanhedrin —Makkot. It was authored by Hyman E. Goldin, a prominent Jewish rabbi. This volume is an authoritative guide to the complex subject of Hebrew criminal jurisprudence, as such existed in the centuries before and after the Christian era. It is an important reference work in that it establishes the extent to which the Jewish code operated in ensuring that an accused person was provided a fair trial in capital cases. The evidence clearly reveals how perverted the proceedings were with reference to Jesus. I have consulted this work generously in this discussion. (Note: Though the legal rules catalogued in the Mishnah were not put into written form until about A.D. 170, they reflected an older oral tradition.)...."
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Peer Pressure - Today's Christian Videos
"Peer pressure is something that he sees in every city and school that he goes to, and rather than the people on stage, the peer pressure comes from the people in the crowd."
Is it easier for Christians
In some ways, peer pressure is easier for Christians to resist than it is for non-Christians. At first this may not seem so, because Christians should have a higher moral standard than many non-Christians, which theoretically puts more pressure on the Christian.
Satan doesn't pressure unsaved people like he does Christians, because unsaved people pose no threat to him. But Satan will try to get a Christian to turn to drugs, alcohol, pornograpy, and so on. The Bible says "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7). So Christians can resist him. But if you give in to him you will lose your closeness to God, and not be as useful to Him.
But Christians have a greater sense of right and wrong than many non-Christians do, so their values sometimes allow them to say no quickly to anything that is dishonest or wrong. As a Christian you always have the strongest person on your side: God is always the majority! When you take a stand for what's right, you are taking a stand for God, and God's side is always the winning side. In this sense, Christians do have it easier, because God promises never to abandon us.
Good advice from the Bible
Negative peer pressure is just another name for temptation. The Bible gives some wonderful examples of people who resisted temptation. The key Bible verse to memorize is James 4:7, which says to submit yourself to God, for if you resist the devil he will flee from you.
Keep in mind that even Jesus Christ was tempted, but not successfully:
* by Satan (Matthew 4:1–10)
* by the Jewish leaders (Matthew 16:1)
* by Peter, His faithful disciple (Matthew 16:23).
Job withstood enormous temptation to give in to Satan. He resisted and did right simply because it was right.
Jesus made several comments about resisting temptation. At the last supper (Matthew 26:41) He said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, so we are to watch and pray that we will not fall into temptation. Part of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:13) says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
God knows how to rescue us
In 2 Peter 2:9 we read that the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation. And 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that God is faithful and will not allow temptation beyond what we can resist.
God can deliver us from temptation and negative peer pressure if we pray for it. But we should pray the tempation does not arise. If it does, say no quickly and get away from the difficulty. Even if the results from doing right don't seem promising, they will turn out for the best in the end.
You have God's Word on it!"
"7 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 "The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."-Matthew 25
The Least of These Video - Rachel Scott - Today's Christian Videos
"This was a video made by a missionary friend of Tent Creative Group. It features a recent mission trip to Africa. How fitting it was to use Rachel's song "The Least of These." Rachel was inspired to write this song when she heard a compelling story from another missionary who had served for a time with Mother Theresa. From his account, he mentioned a time when Mother Theresa was questioned by a stranger who had noticed her kiss the face of a leper. "Why would you do that?" The stranger asked. Her reply was gripping... "Because he is my Lord.""
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