From an early age, the concept of obedience is reinforced within many childhood games. Simon Says, Mother May I and Red Light, Green Light rewards and penalizes players for either obeying or disobeying. Perhaps, the creators of these activities understood obeying God trumps man.
“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” – Acts 5:28
Following the legalization of abortion in 1973 after the Roe vs. Wade ruling, the Senate passed the Church Amendment which eventually led states to enact conscience clauses. While the wording may be different, these laws prevent individuals from performing procedures that go against their religious beliefs. Unfortunately, as political correctness replaces the Bible as the moral gold standard, many are faced with the dilemma, “do I please man or God?”
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! – Acts 5:29
The disciples of Jesus found themselves in a similar situation around AD 30. Jewish leaders and Roman officials attempted to quench their freedom of speech. Thus, after authorities encouraged Peter to stop telling others about Jesus, he faced a crisis of faith. Prior to the Holy Spirit, Peter would have likely retreated, blending into society like a chameleon. However, after Pentecost Peter was a different man, unable to remain silent anymore. Thus, this is one of those occasions in life when obeying God trumps man.
by Jay Mankus