In 1 Samuel 15:22, Samuel responds by asking the question "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.  Have we become delusional in the process of actually knowing who covers us and the ramifications of spiritual disobedience.  It was disheartening to see just how torn this young man was between his loyalty to his Pastor/Church and his allegiance to God.  Our allegiance to God through obedience should always be unquestionable and unwavering. 

Perhaps we waver in our obedience to God in the execution of the unpopular because we do not see our disobedience as an act of rebellion, sinful, a form of idolatry, disrespectful to God’s Word.  If we were brutally honest with ourselves, our disobedience is predominantly predicated on our fear of man (wanting to look good to other people) rather than reverentially fearing God! 

For many years, I'd wondered if anyone else had encountered such intensity in obeying God!  As a young minister, the unorthodox manner in which God instructed me inevitably became the standard for my life in ministry.  In 2016 while recovering from a cold, I recall seeing the words "loyalty or allegiance" in capitalized letters.  I thought to myself hmmm... and dismissed it.  Well, it returned in the form of a question - loyalty or allegiance?  As I began to sit up and take notice, the Holy Spirit began to show me satan's kryptonite regarding obedience. As followers of Christ our loyalty is to the work (God's executor of the vision), however, our allegiance is to God. 

Whenever the receptivity of another's influence outweighs our allegiance and obedience to God, we've not only crossed over into dangerous territory we've become idolatrous in our heart.  Should we not love our Pastors as Christ loves the church?  Yes!  But not more than Him who gave his life for the church (Ephesians 5:25-27).   

Simply Unapologetically Unpolished.......