Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Brotherhood, and Compromise

The first and overriding principal of a motorcycle club is Brotherhood. Consider the bros. Include the bros. As president of the club, I can make any decision I want. But if I do not consider the bros, then they lose respect for me. To some extent, we are subject to the brotherhood, and must always consider the feelings and input of the bros when we make decisions, especially as it relates to the club, the money, and the things the club does.

In a club there are many viewpoints. If I make decisions without the brothers, I disrespect them. In the end, I am the president, and I make the decisions. But I ask for the input of the bros, because I respect them. By doing this, I show that I value them, that they have earned my respect. This is the mark of any leader. Leaders are expected to make tough calls and hard decisions. But to do so, leaders must seek wise counsel, consider and weigh all the options, before laying out the best course. Unilateral leaders may find that in the end, no one is following them.

Knowing, and acting on the needs and wants of others is key to brotherhood. Our society directs us to 'look out for number one', that our happiness is the most important thing. But selfishness is not honorable. If I can do good for myself, I must also stop and ask, can I do the same good for my brothers? Would it be right for me to hold on to all the gifts I have, and use them only for myself, without ever blessing my brothers through my gifts? How do I spread the love, and consider my brother before myself?

In the end many clubs are split up by selfish brothers. If anyone challenges them, they cannot admit their faults. Disagreements will happen. That's why there are club meetings, voting, and in the end, the ultimate decision lies with the president. How we resolve conflict is the key to brotherhood. How we can accept our brothers even when we disagree over things, that is the key to brotherhood.

Proverbs 17 says a brother is born for adversity. Sometimes they help you face it, sometimes they are the cause of it. But in the end, its all about the brotherhood. If you can face adversity and disagreements among your brothers, see their viewpoint, accept them, and compromise where needed, you are on the path to brotherhood!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Talking Like Paul

Imagine if we all talked like Paul. Imagine if instead of 'Hey,  whats up?' we said 'Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.' Paul was a powerful man of God, and he spoke like it. 

In these last days we are living in, speech is primarily negative. We spend a lot of time making fun of each other, and the Bible says this is how we 'grieve the Holy Spirit of God'. A common slang  that is supposed to mean "You are a funny guy" is instead verbalized as "You stupid!" We look for ways to cut each other down, make jokes about each other, and each of these lead to the narrative that Satan wants us to believe.

See Satan needs to take our power from us, he needs us to view ourselves as stupid, helpless, without spiritual power or conviction,  and sinful. The more that he can use speech to make us feel this way, the more he hamstrings us and our ability to wage spiritual warfare.

But how does Paul say to talk about each other? 

Eph 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Let us look for ways to build each other up, compliment each other, call out strengths instead of weaknesses, bring out power instead of confusion. YOU ARE AN AWESOME SPIRIT BEING! Its time to start talking like one!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thoughts on Brotherhood

By Prospect Shawn

There is a lot said about brotherhood in the Bible. We see many examples of the right aspects of brotherhood, as well as the wrong. It has been said that a real gift is something that money can't buy, and death can't steal. When it comes to brotherhood, nothing can take it away from you. 

One thing that I love to ponder about Disciple Christian Motorcycle club is that death can't steal the brotherhood that we have. Death can only temporarily separate us until we are united once again in heaven. 

I believe there is no greater way to carry out the mission that Christ left for us to do, than being a part of this brotherhood. Jesus made a point out of reaching the unreachable, by loving the unlovable, teaching the unteachable. 

For so long the biker world we live in was counted as dark water when it comes to Christians. The main thing I love about Disciple CMC is the realness of it. Disciple CMC shows the respect and love Christ would expect for His children, while following the biker protocols and reaching out to other clubs. There is nothing that is off limits when it comes to the lengths Disciple CMC will go to make sure that the community we serve sees the light and love of Jesus Christ. 

God, help us to continue to reach Our brothers with the message that you have for them. No matter what colors they wear, or past consumes them. Help us to show by the way we live and ride that we care, AMEN!