• Politics & Religion (Matthew 14.1-12)

    Herod was interested in Approval Ratings

    Herod Antipas is one of history’s truly tragic figures.

    John was interested in the Applause of Heaven

    John is not remembered so much for how he died, but for how he lived.

    It Is Human Nature to Desire the Approval of Others

    But if you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one. It’s better to aim to please God above all others — and let the approval of men grow strangely dim.
    “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 16.33)

    Four Approval Ratings Herod Should Have Ignored

    The approval of the crowd (Incredibly two-faced)
    “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3.2)

    The approval of the authorities (Primarily purpose is to restrain evil, not promote righteousness)
    “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” (Romans 13.3a)

    The approval of his lover (Blindingly persuasive)
    “But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.” (1 Kings 21.25)

    The approval of himself (Woefully short-sighted)
    “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16.25)

    Disclaimer: The Applause of Heaven Usually Comes with a Price

    “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”  (John 15.18)

    Whose Applause Do You Seek?

    In the end, John was remembered by his own with tenderness and bold compassion.
    Even in death—as much as in life—he led people to Jesus.
    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)


    Blog Category: 

    Share this post

    Leave a comment

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

    About Us

    This blog is written by leaders of SVCC. The people who write here are not perfect or "holier than thou."  They just strive to seek after God with all their hearts.

    We hope that God will speak to you as you read the words He's placed here through the hearts and minds of people who follow after Him.

    Backbiting Holy Love demons Anxiety Healing Fruit of the Spirit Savior without Lord Foundation True Riches Gehenna Lost Cause Emptiness victor Repentance unforgivable sin Disciple Fails Patient Family Tree Childlike Moving Mountains Interpretation Herod Apologetics Newbigen Dragon Purity Spiritual Need Friendship Judas Hebrew Names of God Trials Lent Fire Trek & Journey God the Father Angel Jairus Original Sin Seventy Sevens Walk on Water Weary Patience Action Be Prepared Service Poverty God's Word exposure Antichrist Discipleship Self Worth God is in control End Times Damascus Road Mercy Habits Happiness Tithes Signs Christology Christmas Dragon Conflict Lust joyous thoughts Tired Danger fear Joy Unclean Giving Daniel Kindness Honesty Violence Desperado Heart Armor Not a Fan Alabaster Jar Regeneration outsiders Holy Spirit Gossip Holy Week Evangelicalism Grace Temptation Bread God's Timing OK Gender Lunatic Worship theodicy Sin Free Samples Rest Doubt Holiness Lies Jim Eliot Disappointment Faith Soil Worry judging others stress Pornography Questions Fornication Prophecy Messages Murder Wise Men Spirit Walkers Wonders Fruit fo the Spirit aim Exhausted victim Ezekiel Simple Complexity Vision Word of God Proverbs Great Commission Gifts Serving God Confession Sheperds Assumptions Verdict Liar Christmas Storms Persecution Breath Prayer Security Watch Outcast Injustice Compassion letting go Fasting Restoration Free Will Miracles Provision Pooronomics Easter Hypocrisy Prayer Daily Bible Reading Nobles Mary Humility Ash Wednesday Wealth Taste and See Naughty Shame Judgment Stubborn Retaliation Knowing God Part 1 Christmas Eve Desire Authority relationship with God Understanding Social Justice Father's Business Poser Women's Ministry Blog Richonomics Bushel Judgement Basket Applause Neutrality Gentleness Serving Love Never Fails Hell Perseverance Reward Speaking Messiah Greed Mary Magdalene Morality Christ Scripture Memory Mission Work Guilty By Reason of Humanity Ready Obedience Law Cost of Discipleship Spiritual Warfare Narrow Way Family tempest John the Baptist Daily Bible Readings Betrayal Advent wholehearted living right Education Purpose Blessings Politics Ancestry denial Love Guests Son of Man Clothing trajectory May Apology Cross Lord Predestination Revelation Family of God Expectations Second Coming Money Approval The Dukes of Hazzard Goodness Adultery Traffic Santa Dependence Palm Sunday Baptism Treasure Depression Satan Truth Evangelism Theophany Salvation Parables Topheth suffering control Parenting through Christ Trek and Journey Lamp Sexism tribulation Empty Tomb Spiritual Blindness trouble Nice Sacrifice Restore unto me the joy unpardonable sin Genealogy Racism Physical Need Angels Faith or Fear Men Envy Rest in the Lord Witness Inconvenience Eye Bible Study Gentiles Busy Presence of God wisdom Acceptance Matthew Spiritual Support Light Materialism Atonement Apocalypse Sanctification Forgiveness Son of God