The more that I read through the New Testament and focus on the words of Jesus, the more I am convinced that what some of us presume we are, as Christians, and what we actually are, are substantially different, in far too many cases. An awful lot of what Jesus criticized the Pharisees for, is just below the surface and on the surface, in many of us who call ourselves Christian. We read through the Old Testament and marvel how the Israelites messed up time and time again, yet in reality, we’re doing the very same thing. We don’t appear to be getting what we want through trusting and depending on God, and devoting our time and efforts to spreading the Good News of the Gospel, so we devise alternate political methods to obtain our righteous goals.
The nation of Israel was supposed to be different from all other nations. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m thinking that God’s Word in the New Testament tells us that Christians are supposed to conduct themselves differently from what normal humanity in the world does.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus told us to love our enemies and not to repay evil with evil. And yet we see the right attacking the left and the left attacking the right, again, one or both sides wearing the name of Christian. And of course, each side thinking that they are so much better than the other. Really. I don’t necessarily disagree with some of the goals of the Christian right but I sure as heck don’t agree with some of the tactics being used to obtain them. Do we honestly think that God closes His eyes to the unrighteous methods used to supposedly accomplish these righteous goals? Human alliances didn’t work for very long in the Old Testament and I don’t see them working here now.
Remember how Jesus instructed us to first remove the beam from our own eye before we attempted to remove the speck from our brother’s eye? Is that applicable today?
Loving our neighbor would include sharing with the poor and the alien; compassion, mercy and absolute honesty and justice in our relationships with others; impartiality; a refusal to be a party to gossip or slander; an absence of malice toward anyone and a refusal to bear a grudge; taking care never to put another’s life at risk and never taking private vengeance upon another. And you know there’s more. Do you recall Jesus saying “… do to others as you would have them do to you.”?
We’ve all read where Jesus says. “You have heard it said ….. but I say unto you ….” . We’re not talking superficial truth here, we’re talking deep truth, core truth. Truth that Israel often missed and we’re doing the same thing.
This is a picture I saw on Twitter posted by a fellow Christian:
The picture is in reference to the possible replacement of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should she die.
Have we lost all sense of common decency? How is something like this even considered as appropriate by one who wears the name of Christian? Has our pursuit for power and control so removed us from the way of God that we no longer remember that He is Holy?
Is loving your neighbor always easy, no it is not. Is loving your enemy easy, it’s even harder. If truth be told, it’s virtually impossible, if we rely on our own human strength. And yet, isn’t that the whole point?
What was the point of the Mosaic Law if not to bring Israel to the realization that they could not perfectly keep the Law and that they needed a Savior Redeemer Messiah. And what is our realization that brings us to the feet of Jesus, if not the very same thing. We’re all sinners and we all need Jesus. Simplistic, yes it is but that’s the Gospel. It changed the Roman Empire and it can change ours.
If I’ve offended anyone with my random thoughts, please accept my apology because that has not been my purpose or intent. My purpose is to get us all to stop and think just exactly what it is that we are doing and make a course correction if deemed necessary.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!