Who are you to condemn God's servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The lord's power will help them do as they should. Romans 14: 4, NLT





There is a television show that comes on each week called What would you do? It presents a variety of real-life ethical situations and secretly videotapes people to see how they'll respond. The underlying intent is to see if people will speak up when the situation warrants or do nothing at all.

A Christian athlete was in the news recently because he canceled an appearance to deliver two sermons at the month-long celebration for the new facility for a controversial Pastor, who takes hard stances on moral and religious issues. The football player cited his reasons for canceling, "saying that for personal and professional reasons he needed to avoid controversy at this time."


Somone once stated: "If we have a strong faith but shelter it, we are not doing Christ's work in the world.My impression of this Christian athlete as I've watched him through the years is that his faith is strong. He's withstood criticism, ridicule and many other attacks as he's sought to live his faith on and off the field. So for the life of me, I did not understand why he chose to cancel his upcoming appearance at the controversial Pastors' church. Wouldn't this be the very platform where his faith could shine the brightest?


The apostle Paul reminds us we are not to judge this Christian athlete for his decision, for he is one of God's servants and is ultimately responsible to him.  Instead, it is my hope that his recent actions will cause us to reflect upon our own lives as Christians, and ask ourselves the following question as the hidden camera rolls: " When faced with the decision to stand for my beliefs or bend to public pressure, what would I do?"


Sharing my perspective,











Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian writer, speaker and Bible-teacher and is the author of
"Living by Faith: A collection of devotional poetry. She writes devotional materials  to help readers grow and mature in the Christian faith. To read more or her writings, purchase her book, or schedule her to speak at your event, visit her at www.jstokeswritingministries.org

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