After a week of traveling to attend to extended family needs, it is good to be back home. This morning I participated in Bible study with dear friends at my church. In the afternoon my husband and I went to see God’s Not Dead 2.
Can a teacher mention Jesus in a public school class? The film shows a court case involving religious freedom. Although similar cases have occurred in the U.S., this story is fiction. I enjoyed seeing Lee Strobel, Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee make appearances in the movie.
Two points made by the movie have stayed with me.
Prayer was a key element in the story.
The teacher prayed, her grandfather prayed and large groups of people prayed throughout the trial.
The community—not just the individual—was involved.
Many Christians, in different places, played a role in supporting the teacher who was on trial.
I know that there are times in my life when I have been so focused on personal issues that I have neglected to see the big picture. Standing firm in faith and supporting other believers is increasingly important.
The gospel of John records Jesus’ instruction for us.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13: 34-35
The early church provides a great example.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2: 42
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4: 2
Prayer: Lord God, we praise you for your great love and sacrifice for us. We give thanks for the examples of faith that we have in the Bible. Guide us when our faith is challenged and increase our love.