Now, tonight i want to preach about the subject of loyalty. now, loyalty is not a word that’s used in the Bible, but the Bible does use the word faithfulness over a hundred times, and if you look up the word loyalty in a dictionary, the dictionary I used had three definitions for loyalty and they all included the word faithfulness in the definition. I looked up loyal in the dictionary. It said, number one: The state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitment or obligations, is loyalty. Faithful to commitments or obligations. Number.
Two, it said: faithful adherence to a sovereign government, leader, cause, et cetera; and Number three: An example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like. The reason I use the word loyal is that faithfulness has a lot of definitions. It means a few different things, whereas loyalty is a little bit more of a specific word that kind of narrows down exactly what we’re talking about. I want to preach about the fact that we must be loyal to certain people in our lives and in a certain order of priority. Now, first of all, it should.
Go without saying, go to matthew, chapter ten, that the number one loyalty we should have in our lives is our loyalty to Jesus Christ. If you look up that word faithful in the Bible, and you look at the scriptures that are admonishing us to be faithful, most of them are telling us to be faithful to the Lord and be faithful to Jesus Christ, because obviously that should be our number one loyalty. Matthew, Chapter Ten, Verse ThirtySeven reads: He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me and he that loveth.
Son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me and he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me is not worthy of me. In this scripture we see that some of our dearest relationships our parents, and our children should not be closer to us than our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We can’t love them more than we love Jesus Christ. Our number one loyalty is to the Lord Jesus Christ. Go to First Samuel, Chapter Two. This is one that we looked at last Sunday in a different sermon, a different context. First Samuel,.
Chapter number two. while you’re turning there, i’ll read to you from Mark TenTwentyNine, where the Bible reads: And Jesus answered and said, ‘verily I say unto you, there is no man that had left house or brethren or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time houses and brethren and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions and in the world to come, eternal life.’ Again, God is telling.
Us that there’s a time when you have to choose god over family. you have to choose god over your friends. You have to choose God over houses or lands. You have to choose God over a spouse, over parents, over children. Jesus Christ must hold the number one place in our lives. In all things he must have the preeminence and we should never be more loyal to anyone or anything than we are loyal to the Lord Jesus Christ. First Samuel TwoTwentyNine, this is where Eli is being rebuked and it says in Verse TwentyNine: Wherefore kick.
Ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which i have commanded in my habitation, and honors thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel, my people. This is a case of someone putting their children above the Lord and being more loyal to children than the Lord. Another example of this that would be a positive example, is First Kings Fifteen. Flip over there. First Kings, Chapter Fifteen. Now should be loyal to our parents? Absolutely. The Bible teaches, for example, in the Ten.
Commandments: honor they father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord they God giveth thee. Then Ephesians Six in the New Testament says, Honor they father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise that it may be well with thee and that thou mayest live long on the earth. Proverbs TwentyThreeTwentyTwo tells us: Hearken under thy father that begat thee and despise not thy mother when she is old. Should we be loyal to our parents in the sense that we love them, honor them and when they.
Americas Child Marriage Problem
The u.s. government criticizes other countries that allow child MARRIAGE, BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES THOUSANDS OF YOUNG GIRLS HAVE GOTTEN MARRIED UNDERAGED, AND HAVE DONE IT LEGALLY. THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION CALLED UNCHAINED AT LAST, AND THEY DO STUDIES AND LOOK INTO THE ISSUE OF CHILD MARRIAGE IN.
The united states. THEY LOOKED AT DATA FROM 2000 2010, AND THEY FOUND THAT GIRLS AS YOUNG AS 12 YEARS OLD GET MARRIED OFF HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. LAWS IN 27 STATES DO NOT SPECIFY AN AGE BELOW WHICH A CHILD CANNOT MARRY.
Most states indicate that you have to be 18 years old in order TO GET MARRIED, BUT SOME STATES MAKE EXCEPTIONS. FOR INSTANCE, IF YOU ARE IN IDAHO, AND YOU HAVE UNDERAGED DAUGHTER THAT YOU WANT TO MARRY OFF, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GIVE THE COURTS YOUR CONSENT AS A PARENT, AND THAT YOUNG GIRL CAN GET MARRIED.
Now, in 38 states, more than 167,000 children ALMOST ALL THEM GIRLS, SOME AS YOUNG AS 12 WERE MARRIED DURING THAT PERIOD, MOSTLY TO MEN 18 OR OLDER. IS ESTIMATED THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN WED IN AMERICA BETWEEN 2000 AND 2010 WAS NEARLY 248,000. WOW.
I hope the mullahs that married them are happy and proud. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES GIVE AS TO WHY WE SHOULD INVADE FOREIGN COUNTRIES. LOOK AT THESE PEDOS MARRYING KIDS AT 12 OR 13. NOW, IT’S NOT A BAD POINT, OF COURSE IN THAT THAT IS A TERRIBLE WAY TO CONDUCT AFFAIRS.
Is not a good point as to why we should invade them. IF YOU THINK IT’S A GOOD REASON AS TO WHY WE SHOULD INVADE THEM, WEST VIRGINIA AND IDAHO, BUCKLE UP BECAUSE WE ARE ABOUT TO INVADE YOU. OBVIOUSLY SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ARE MORE USED TO THIS THAN OTHERS.
Rights, and i think that our audience is smart, and they KNOW THAT ANYTIME SOMEONE USES THAT EXCUSE TO INVADE A COUNTRY, IT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT PROTECTING YOUNG GIRLS FROM CHILD MARRIAGES. THERE ARE ALSO THE OTHER CORRUPT REASONS WHY THE INVADE OTHER COUNTRIES.
But here in the united states, this is an issue that you SEE IN VARIOUS RELIGIONS. IT’S NOT JUST MUSLIMS, OR CHRISTIANS, YOU ALSO SEE THIS TREND WITH SOME ORTHODOX JEWS AS WELL. SO, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE RELIGION IS, YOU SEE IT WITH FUNDAMENTALISTS IN THE COUNTRY.