What Did You Expect Him to Say?

The title of this post comes from an incident that happened to me personally, a good number of years ago. You can read about it here and I really hope that you do, because the lesson I was taught was very important and I have never forgotten it.

The recent Supreme Court decision in the United States has brought lots of scathing comments from all sides, and a lot of questions about how Christians should respond to the culture around us. Some have indicated that this is a political issue and when we are talking about political issues, such as those who are Pro-Choice and those who are Pro-Life, we should not confuse this issue with sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because they are two different issues. I respectfully disagree.

In Matthew 11:29 NASB, Jesus says the following to all: “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Emphasis is mine.

We know that the yoke that Jesus willingly wore, was to do the will of His Father and accomplish His work (John 4:34). That being said, when Jesus tells us specifically to “learn from Me”, it would not appear to be, off the wall, to understand that Jesus is indicating to us, to look and learn from Him, to see how we are to interact with others. “Others” being those who are part of, or represent the Kingdom of God and those who are not. 

And when I look to God’s Word and the examples that Jesus gave us, of how He interacted with those who supposedly represented God and those who were, what I call, “common sinners”, I see a distinct difference in how Jesus interacted and specifically what He said, to these two differing “groups”, if you will.

When Jesus was addressing the Pharisees and Sadducees, those who supposedly represented God, He did call them out on how they followed the traditions of men, at the expense of the Commandments of God. John 3:1-21 NASB provides a good example of this.

In this exchange between Nicodemus and Jesus, Jesus points out, the bigger issue of why people are blind and not what they don’t see. Jesus identifies all of the evil works of darkness as being the result of not being born again and believing in the Son of God. The only time that Jesus addressed evil works specifically, was when He addressed the Pharisees for their following and advocating their own traditions versus the Commandments of God because they were supposed to be the teachers of Israel. And the same thing happens with the Sadducees regarding their beliefs (Matthew 22:23-33).

And this is in line with the whole counsel of God’s Holy Word, when we look at what the Apostle Paul said about how we were not to judge those outside of the Church, but only those who were inside the Church (1 Corinthians 5:12).

It’s important to note how Jesus dealt with the common day to day sinner. The Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42) and the woman who was caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) are two prime examples. Notice that Jesus doesn’t condone the sin of common sinners, but He also doesn’t condemn the sinner. He is the only One who can rightly condemn, and yet he offers overwhelming, astonishing grace to all of us.

While many Christians are out condemning sinners, Jesus did just the opposite – He addressed their greater need to trust and believe in Him. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In a previous post, I indicated that the sins that people commit are symptoms of a greater underlying problem, that being that they are blind because they are not within the Kingdom of God. And I indicated that it is because of this underlying problem that Jesus specifically gave us the Great Commission to remedy that necessary and absolute requirement.  

The mistake that I made when I addressed the young man who was going to partake of “Whiskey Dollies” was I looked at the symptom and addressed it, instead of addressing his real need. And not only did I forget my own previous condition in doing so, but I in essence condemned him for what he was doing. And Jesus corrected me by asking me, “What did you expect him to say?”

I understand that abortion is a grievous sin, but it still is but a symptom and not the real underlying cause of why those who hold the Pro-Choice position, hold that position. And until that real underlying cause is addressed, that sin and other sins will continually reappear and hearts will continue to remain as they are. We who believe, are changed from within, via those streams of living water, not from without

Political differences of opinion, where God’s ways and thoughts are ignored or disregarded, all stem from one cause, and that cause is addressed by Jesus in the Great Commission (teaching them to follow all that I commanded you), that Jesus gave us. And in essence, they are not different issues at all but one and the same, and that issue is what we base our decisions on, political or non-political. The decisions we independently make as Christians are based on, or should be based on, our Biblical world view. The decisions of those who are not Christians are based on their world view, and those different or opposing perspectives are not one and the same. 

And when we address the symptom rather than the real problem, we ignore, not only the examples that Jesus gave us, but we replace the way in which He dealt with the common sinner, with our own ways. And when we do, He may very well say to you, what He said to me . . . “What did you expect him/her/them to say?

Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!

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  1. “While many Christians are out condemning sinners, Jesus did just the opposite – He addressed their greater need to trust and believe in Him. This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” — Yes! I was very much like the Samaritan woman. Broken, desperate for love, an outcast of society, and very lost. Then a small group of Christians showed me love, compassion, understanding, and no condemnation. Their grace was what finally led me to believe in Jesus as my Savior and my Lord. And wow Wow WOW — everything in my heart and in my life was changed!

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