A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is Mine honour, and if I be a master, where is My fear; saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise My name?’ And ye say, ‘Wherein have we despised Thy name?’ Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine altar; and ye say, ‘Wherein have we polluted Thee?’ In that ye say, ‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.’ And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil, and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto thy governor. Will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person; saith the LORD of hosts?'” Malachi 1:6-8 (KJV)
Just for a note. The above verses are the text for the sermon I will be preaching this morning at Carr Lane Baptist Church. Today has been called, and I have also said that I was participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday. In the United States of America pastors have the freedom to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to stand up from the pulpit for moral values, and for moral values that have become political hot potatoes. In the U.S. of A. we hold to our freedoms quite strongly; at least many of us do.
One thing I see among Christian people in the USA is that we often forget about God’s rights. Does He have rights? Most definitely. He is the Supreme Right Giver. We all received our rights as humanity from Him.
You will note in the Scripture text above that GOD challenges the nation of Israel to honor Him, to fear Him; but they have not. Let us think about this matter today, and remind ourselves everyday to give GOD our very lives and being.