commentary: Everybody's Protesting
God's View of Citizen Agitation
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 14-Oct-17; Sermon #1401c; 13 minutes
A riot occurred in Ephesus when the silversmith Demetrius became alarmed that the apostle Paul was endangering the local economy. Rome had zero-tolerance for any activity disturbing the tranquility of Empire. That state of affairs clashes significantly with the modern American regard for free speech, in which protests against the President, police brutality, abortion, NFL player's kneeling because of perceived brutality against blacks, homophobia, killing whales, etc. abound. The chaotic circus continues because Americans have a high regard for free speech. God, on the other hand, shows little tolerance for incessant grumbling, complaining, or murmuring. God consistently warns His people to avoid keeping company with rebels lest they become like them. "Acting out" in protest is unacceptable behavior on the part of a faithful, God-fearing child of God.