“Controversy!”

KEY SCRIPTURE

Exo. 6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. 10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land. 12 And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips? 13 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. 

  “Do I believe in god? do I believe in me? let me tell ya…Some people wanna die so they can be free
(I said) life is just a game, were all just the same…don’t ya wanna play? Controversy, controversy, controversy, controversy
(Prince – 1981).

I must admit that when this song first hit the airwaves I had no clue what it was about; I was “…just listening to the beat (from gospel rapper K-Nine)!” Now as I view these lyrics, they signify the yearnings of a young man who just want to fulfill his destiny without reproach from society. He sees his role in life as a musician, uniquely endowed with the ability to bring joy – to the world! However, he is keenly aware that there are some people who are more concerned about where to fit him demographically than his genius.

Similarly, Moses and Aaron were charged by the LORD to tell Pharaoh to “let the children of Israel go” in the KEY SCRIPTURE, but the Israelites and the king were more apt to tell the two brothers where to go. Without the backing of the people (“…they hearkened not…”), it’s possible that Moses felt he could not negotiate with the king, and thus had “uncircumcised lips”. Like Moses, Paul was a flawed speaker and needed God’s power to be convincing (I Cor. 2:1-5). However, after having witnessed the power of God (Burning Bush, the rod), Moses knew to “…walk worthy of the vocation(Eph. 4:1)” that he was called to!

The brothers soon came to realize that they had become controversial figures! However, Rom. 8:31 asks “what shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Additionally Eph. 6:13 states “wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” There are times in all of our lives when we must oppose forces which attempt to influence us. If this pave the way for others to enjoy God’s blessing of providence, salvation, and/or deliverance then our stance is likely to be heroic. Conversely, if our opposition is just self-serving at the expense of someone’s blessing, then our stance is likely to be tyrannical (Psa. 1:1; Act. 19:15)

Controversies are usually born out of some kind of dichotomy, and may compel us to make critical decisions based on our Righteousness vs. Rights (Rom. 5:19, Prv. 11:19; Prv. 28:26; Psa. 14:1, 53:1; Mat. 19:16-17). Righteousness dictates that we follow God’s view in any situation, while our rights mirror our myopic* mindset. To be solely concerned with our own rights disables us from being the kings/priests that God wants to promote us to, and obliterates the greater blessing God wants to bestow on us Isa. 1:19, Eze. 39)!

In summation, God allows controversies into our lives so that we can learn to rely on Him alone, which empowers us to overcome trials, ameliorate our judgment, and to avoid His judgment (Prv. 16:25).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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