Here’s the scenario: Over some days, you have been feeling very strongly that God wants you to do a particular task. You pray long and hard about it, and your inner conviction becomes stronger. You can see that the bible does technically support this task, despite your initial hesitation, and you find many verses to confirm this. Additionally, a friend who is a pastor calls you up out of the blue and tells you that God put it on his heart that you should do this task. Then, even more things happen to convince you beyond any doubt. You are sure that God is telling you to do this thing. Now, you must decide: do you do the task?
But what is the task? Consider the scenario with each of the below tasks, and decide if you would do it.
- Pray for good weather for an important upcoming event.
- Pray right now for a close family member who, it has been revealed, is currently in danger.
- Give a specific amount of money, about one week’s income, to a specific charity that you support.
- Take the day off from work (or your normal routine) in order to spontaneously evangelise and tell strangers about Jesus on the streets in your town.
- Picket an abortion clinic in order to save the lives of unborn babies.
- Tell young children about the eternal torment that exists in hell for some people.
- Quit your job and go into full time ministry.
- Become a missionary overseas in a poor country for at least a year.
- Pray publicly at a funeral for the deceased to come back to life.
- Disown all friends and family who disagree on religious doctrine.
- Sell all your possessions and give the proceeds to your church.
- Refuse to take your very sick child to the hospital, as an act of faith that God will heal them.
- Harass a doctor who performs abortions, in order to save the lives of unborn babies.
- Burn down an abortion clinic, in order to save the lives of unborn babies.
- Shoot a doctor who performs abortions, in order to save the lives of unborn babies.
- Shoot everyone in a small community because they continuously commit very evil deeds and oppose God.
- Shoot your own child, for no particular reason except to demonstrate devotion to God.
- Kill yourself in a suicide bombing to kill many people who continuously commit very evil deeds and oppose God.
Remember: you are completely convinced that God is telling you to do this - you have no doubt whatsoever.
Many of these actions were performed by the role models in the bible under direct instruction from God. Many of these actions have been performed by modern day faithful who believed they were following God’s instructions. For example, most Christians will say that 15 is just a crazy guy doing a bad deed, but 16 is somehow fine. Personally, I think genocide is bad.
Question: Is there any limit to your obedience of God? Where do you draw the line, and exactly why?