Obeying the Rules
It’s important that students learn to have the right attitude and spirit concerning the rules. It’s not uncommon for young people (or even adults) to be confused and question why institutions have certain rules. Let’s take a look at some Biblical principles and helps that we all should implement when musing over rules.
HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET
In order to have the proper mindset, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- “Am I truly willing to do what pleases God?” We should all have a desire to lay aside our aspirations/biases and be focused on delighting our Heavenly Father.
- “Do I value leadership’s opinion?” We need to recognize and trust the experience and wisdom of those that are placed in authority over us.
- “Do I believe that something can be wrong, even if not emphatically spelled out in the Bible?” A great student of the Bible will acknowledge that certain actions may be wrong because they violate general principles contained in the Bible.
DON’T BE WORLDLY OR FADDISH
Romans 12:2 and I John 2:15 instruct the child of God to abstain from that which is worldly or secular. The application of this Biblical principle can be tricky and obscure, but the teaching is clear. One purpose for the Old Testament Jewish laws was to separate and distinguish the Israelites from other nations. It has always been important for the world to be able to visually recognize and differentiate the people of God.
REALIZE YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR
An ambassador is defined as a person who acts as an official representative. II Corinthians 5:20 and I Corinthians 10:31 teach us that the Christian is an emissary for God; therefore, our actions represent Him. The Apostle Paul put it best when he stated “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” (I Corinthians 10:23)
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Lankford Oxendine, GSBC Vice President
Bro. Oxendine serves as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Golden State Baptist College. He has been teaching at GSBC since 2001. He also teaches the College Sunday school class at NVBC.
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