The Armor of Religion - Part 3

I've been out of town for a couple of days so I didn't get a chance to continue looking at the Armor of Religion... so... let's jump right into it.

Piece #3: Shoes of Uproar

In Acts 23:9 we read: "So there was a great uproar. Some of the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees jumped up and began to argue forcefully."

Ever get REALLY surprised at what upsets some religious people? Wear the wrong shirt or shoes while preaching... play too many unfamiliar songs... change the pulpit stand to a cafe table... why is it that these little, totally insignificant things in our church services seem to create the greatest uproar? Because we are not wearing the shoes of peace... but, rather, the shoes of uproar.

Peace allows us to realize that there may be things in a religious celebration that we don't totally connect with... but someone else in the crowd will. Peace in our hearts helps us to remember that I'm to be more and more like Jesus Christ after every single Sunday... not more and more like the Pharisees! The Armor of Religion naturally draws us into so many stupid uproars... and prevents us for the life of peace that God wants us to live through Jesus!


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