And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Acts 5:38-39 (Read all of Acts 5)
Today's scripture gives us some good practical spiritual advice. The Sanhedrin was ready to do harm to God's messengers because of their message. These Sanhedrin members were so sure of what they had always known and lived by that they felt totally justified in their hearts for shutting the new message down by destroying the messengers. Then a voice of mature counsel was raised from among them, causing pause and brought them back to the reason they felt justified in their ill advised actions . . . the counsel of God. This mature voice of counsel said: Stand down and let God handle all ungodly counsel . . . even these whom we believe are wrong. Like it or not this speaks directly to us today. The airways are full of messages from many different messengers claiming God's endorsement . . . some we find repulsive . . . awkward . . . divisive . . . or erroneous. To the extent that we need to reply in order to protect our family . . . friends . . . or brothers and sisters in Christ . . . we should. I don't believe however that we should obsess over the obvious . . . yea rather we should receive the counsel from today's verse and leave them alone. If we must obsess, let's obsess over the message of the truth of the Gospel. If the work be of men it will come to nothing . . . but if it be of God . . . we . . . because of our ignorance might find ourselves fighting against God. I don't know about you but I never want to find myself in opposition to the Lord. We should endeavor to seek the truth . . . tell the truth . . . support the truth . . . and above all live the truth.