A Berean is commended in the Bible for not accepting anything said with out checking Scripture. (Acts 17:11NIV) “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” We are not speaking about just anybody that the Bereans checked: it was the Apostle Paul himself.
If one does this today they are called a critic. One who is trying to undermine the teacher. I have to wonder how any error of a sermon, or any teaching, can be corrected. It seems as though the normal way of dealing with finding error is for he, or she, to just keep it to themselves.
When error is pointed out the individuals it is pointed to out use all of his, or her resources defending what they said instead of considering the truth of the matter. (I think it is a matter of pride)
Let me point out one such error. It is fashionable to say that this country is a Christian country, founded on Christian principles.
Perhaps I just don’t understand Christian principles. The Founding Fathers would not pay their taxes. Scripture says pay your taxes (Romans 13:6&7). Is that Christian?
The Founding Fathers had a king appointed by God (Daniel 4:32). They would not obey the king God appointed. To rebel against that king was to rebel against God. Is that Christian?
The land belonged to the King of England. The Founding Fathers rebelled against him and stole his land. Is that Christian?
Then the Founding Fathers set up a government where they would never have to obey any king that God appointed, because there would be no king over them. They would choose their own authority: even though Scripture states God establishes the authorities (Romans 13:1&2). Is that Christian?
This government is supposed to be approved by God. I don’t understand why God had us rebel against him to initiate it.
Christians seem to think God uses us to appoint the authorities. Well, He doesn’t use me. There was a president that I would not have voted for unless someone held a gun to my head and yet he was elected: not just once, but twice. To think that God needs anyone’s vote to elect anybody is to not understand God’s power.
I remember when I was first told about the Boston Tea Party. I was a proud little tyke then, but now I understand how God views it.
A group of hoodlums disguised and armed themselves, pirated three ships that were in the harbor, kidnapped and incarcerated the crews, and destroyed their cargo.
Did they do this to keep from paying the tax on it? Well, not really. Tea was and is a luxury. They didn’t have to buy the tea, so they didn’t really have to pay the tax. They did it to start a war.
The King of England didn’t even own the tea. A German company owned it. I do not know if the German company was ever reimbursed for the cargo. Benjamin Franklin did offer to pay for it according to the Wikipedia free encyclopedia (you might want to read the article on the Boston Tea Party and try to view it as God does). But why offer, why not just pay for it?
I think you can see that I’m older now and not so proud of the Boston Tea Party.
Don’t take me the wrong way. I like living here and I am thankful that God has chosen to overlook our sins (so far).
Shouldn’t we be going to our knees and asking God to give us a president that we do not deserve? Instead we worry about who man will elect.
Should we really claim this country was founded on Christian principles?
If you are inclined to call me a critic then just make that a Berean critic.