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I'm On Your Six!

Accountability God's Protection Faith

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2016-01-13

Scripture: Joshua 1:5 ; Galatians 6:1

Author: James Augustine
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ILLUSTRATION

I like courtroom drama. One of the shows I used to watch regularly is JAG (which stands for Judge Advocate General). This show was about a Navy lawyer who used to be a fighter pilot. During the course of the show's run, Harm (the Navy lawyer) went back to flying Navy fighter jets. One of the things that they would always say to each other while flying was "I got your six." This referred to the 6 o'clock position of the fighter which was directly behind him. The pilot could not see behind him, and was therefore dependent on someone else to keep his "6" clear.

APPLICATION

The same is true in the Christian life. There are positions in life that we cannot see...we might call them blind spots. We need brothers and sisters to "watch our six" so that we might be safe and free from failure. ("Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness..." Galatians 6:1).

But even more significanly, God's promise to us is that He's always "got our 6." On the cross He took care of sin and death, and we can trust Him for that. So no matter what you might face today...no matter how big and tough and scary the enemy is...you can know that God's "got your six!"

"No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5).

Championship Fathering

Fatherhood Commitment Accountability

Source: NCF (National Center for Fathering: Engaging fathers. Enriching lives.) Fathers.com

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-09

Scripture: Joshua 24:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

There was a time in our culture when accepting the responsibilities of fatherhood was a given. Not so anymore. Initiatives are rising up all over to draw attention to and rouse commitment from fathers to embrace their role at the heart of the family. Most notably is the President’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse which asks you to sign a fatherhood pledge to become a part of a national movement to advance the prominence of the role of father.

Another is the NCF (National Center for Fathering: Engaging fathers. Enriching lives.) which promotes its own initiative, Championship Fathering:

Championship Fathering is an effort to change the culture for today’s children and the children of coming generations. We’re seeking to reach, teach and unleash 6½ million dads, creating a national movement that can reverse the negative trends in our society. This movement is characterized by men who will fulfill a commitment to live out five fundamentals: Research at NCF identified three keys for dads to carry out with their own children: Loving, Coaching, and Modeling. Then, in order to truly make a difference in our culture, fathers also need to Encourage Other Kids and Enlist Other Dads to join the team.

As with the president’s plan, they also ask you to become “part of the team” by taking their own fatherhood pledge called The Championship Fathering Team Pledge:

  1. I will love my children.
  2. I will coach my children.
  3. I will model for my children.
  4. I will encourage other children.
  5. I will enlist other dads as members of the Championship Fathering Team.

APPLICATION

All the above pledge points—in fact all the pledges rolled into one—could probably be summarized in the following simple commitment:

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

When this pledge is kept, all others are as well!

Do Your Sins Have Mugshots

Sin Judging Accountability

Source: “Do your sins have mug shots?” By Jason F. Wright, Posted FoxNews.com Opinion, April 17, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 7:1

Author: Jason F. Wright
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ILLUSTRATION

Jason Wright, writing for FoxNews.com, asks the probing question, "Do your sins have a mugshot?":


A few weeks ago, a good friend and two others were nabbed together in a drug bust. My pal, D.G., is being held without bond.

News spread quickly in our small town. “Ship them away. Let them rot. Have you seen the mug shot?”
Let’s be blue-sky clear. I’m not soft on crime and I’m not debating the merits of today’s drug laws. …

How often I’ve caught the news of someone being arrested and charged, no matter the crime, and passed judgement from my invisible black robe. All it takes is a 30-second story to tell us all we need to know. …

But while we pass judgement during the commercial break, here’s what we might forget. Guilty or not, D.G. is still a child of a living, loving God — a heavenly Father who, by the way, never stops parenting. …

While my sins are not necessarily crimes, they are no less sins, aren’t they? Even though his sins are a different brand than mine, they still come from the same store.

I know the risk in writing such a column. I could be called too soft on crime, too tolerant, too blind and far too naive. Some might even accuse me of excusing my friend simply because we have personal history.

There’s no hidden message here and nothing buried between the digital lines. I’m not excusing anyone of anything. My friend, if guilty, needs to pay the price and let justice run its course. He needs to be just as accountable to the laws of the land as those with whom I haven’t shared a church pew.

APPLICATION

Wright concludes:

Looking at D.G.'s mug shot and reading the charges, I wondered how people would feel if my own picture appeared in the paper with a list of my own sins. Would they want to ship me away? Let me rot? …

The truth? I’m no different than D.G. Every day I ask God not to give up on me yet.

I make mistakes. I’m imperfect. And heaven knows I have a lot of work ...

Thankfully, my friend and I both have time. For now, I’ll leave the judging to juries and the eternal judgements to the eternal judge.

May we remember that all of us are sinners, even without our pictures in the paper or our mugshots in a police blotter!.

Jason F. Wright is a New York Times bestselling author, columnist and speaker. Subscribe to his weekly columns, join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. His latest book, "The James Miracle," is available on Amazon.

"Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you ..." (Matthew 7:1-2).

Accountability Quotes

Accountability (Quotes) Responsibility Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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Who's Listening?

Accountability God's Omnipresence Gossip

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-13

Scripture: Proverbs 18:7

Author: Chris Horton
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Following the Leader

Followership Accountability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-26

Scripture: Luke 6:40 ; Numbers 16:1

Author: Kent Crockett
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Following the Leader

Followership Discernment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Author: Kent Crockett
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Bumper Sticker Accountability

Accountability Warnings Correction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Scripture: James 5:19

Author: Staff Writer, READING EAGLE/READING TIMES / Illust
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I'll Bet You I Can Overcome My Vice

Goal Setting Accountability Discipline (Self)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-29

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9

Author: HealthyWage.com / Illustration Exchange
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No Such Thing As Privacy

Transformation Grace Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-25

Scripture: Psalms 139:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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