Steve Lyston | The Warriors basketball team should repent
The controversy surrounding 2017 NBA champions - the Golden State Warriors - who were invited to the White House but continually deferred their response to the president's invitation to the point that the president had to withdraw the invitation, is both disrespectful and dishonourable.
They, should know that it is not about a man, it is about the honorable office and what it represents and that regardless of who the president is, once there is disrespect of an office or authority, you will pay dearly for that. God is the one who allows leaders to be established and the one who promotes a person for a time and season to accomplish His purpose.
The sad thing about this is that Stephen Curry, who is supposed to be a Christian, has missed an opportunity to minister to the president or say anything to him that would bring change.
Price to pay
They have forgotten that the president is also a soul to be won. When we dishonour a president or any leader at any level, there is always a price to pay; and favour has slipped right through their fingers. Even King David had to repent when he tried to touch Saul as a king.
The Warriors must understand that their victory as NBA champions is not about their skills or their talents, but about God's grace and favour; and if God decides to remove His favour, we will see what happens. They could have gone there and addressed the president on the issue of immigration.
They could have discussed calling an amnesty, or to encourage him to release funds to help the poor in the community to bring out their gifts and talents for the benefit of the nation. Many of the poor in the communities they are familiar with have solutions, inventions, ideas that can help many, and they had the opportunity to start that ball rolling. They could have influenced change, but their actions caused them to forfeit a potential opportunity that was bigger than themselves or the president.
Not all white people the same
Racism should never be tolerated in any society. Likewise, black people must forgive and recognise that not all white people are the same. Many of the black race have not forgiven the things that have happened since the days of slavery! We talk against hate, but yet we do the same. Take a look at how we treat each other. Furthermore, many of our children are fatherless. I am sure Jesus would have accepted the invitation to the White House just as He did with Zacchaeus.
In fact, the time has come for more schools to be built than prisons for profit. Statistics have shown that more black people are in prison, and more black people have abortions.
The Bible is clear on the issue of dishonouring an office or a king (Ecclesiastes 10:20; Romans 13). It speaks to us about honouring mothers and fathers as well as spiritual and secular leaders. It also shows us what happened when Queen Vashti dishonoured her husband, who was the king. There was a shift and replacement and she was replaced by Esther.
Blinded by agendas
Surprisingly, LeBron James called the president a "... bum". This simply reveals that there is so much hate that people don't even want to see truth anymore. We are blinded by agendas.
There are protocols that govern flags, nations, offices - there are protocols in the NBA. Is that what we are teaching our children and the generations to follow, that it is okay to be disrespectful and dishonourable to those in leadership?
Even the Church needs to take an introspection as well, because they within the Church have become so caught up with partisanship that they can't even teach about honor anymore. So there is no longer any respect left for the Church. It is interesting that things like this could not be done in Communist or Islamic countries. What does that say about the nation and the West? Is the West becoming so free and ungodly that now we are seeing the very elements sending a message to us through the disasters.
Remember that everything we sow is a seed. Everything these members of the sporting fraternity - NBA, NFL, cricket - and those in the gospel and secular entertainment industries are doing and the examples they are setting, is what they themselves will reap.
- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.