“Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” [Matthew 5:10-12]
“Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.” [Luke 6:22-23]
How odd to have to consider that it could be many of the very brethren who say that they love God whom Jesus is talking about in the verses above. I always believed it was the anti-religious, anti-theist atheists and God-haters who would persecute and shun me in the last days. I thought that this is where the real threat to Christianity would stem from — boy, was I wrong.
When we think about Jesus and the audiences of His time, it wasn’t the tax collector, sundry sinners, or the lost who were the true enemies of Christ — it was the Jewish religious leaders, Saducees and the Pharisees who wanted Jesus out of the way. Jesus was attempting to teach them, get through to them, and ask them to emulate what He was suggesting and preaching about. His message wasn’t very popular with them, if you’ll recall. The religious and the pious sneered at Jesus in their hearts; they said He was evil and reproached Him. They plotted behind His back to destroy Him.
When we share truth with our very own brothers and sisters which is difficult for them to hear, we can become rather unpopular. Yet if God has placed His message into our hearts, to whom do we strive to please? Do we shut our proverbial cyber mouths because we might offend? Do we please our brothers and sisters or the Lord?
I am serving God and sharing what He is leading me to share and I do it out of much love. While it may seem political or even biased at times, I’m trying to get an important message across to all of those reading here. The message is that we are Christians first and we are to emulate Jesus first, not the Republican party’s agenda-driven, corrupt example under a guise of false “Christianity.” We must be able to tell the difference between what is of the world and what is of the Lord, as followers of Jesus Christ. This includes what is happening politically in the world and all around us.
When our minds are clouded and made foggy by a love of material possessions, camaraderie with riches and money and “stuff,” power, pride, ambition, and a loyalty to and love of “the haves” over “the have-nots” > (the homeless, working poor, unemployed, uninsured, widows, orphans, the sick, the mentally ill, the criminal, single moms, the powerless, etc.) we’ve lost our course upon the narrow pathway! We have moved out onto that sinful broad highway the whole world is traveling down and we don’t even know it! We’ve been deluded by the devil himself and he is laughing it up at our deluded plight.
When you find yourself looking down upon the poor, the desperate, the struggling, and the “have-nots,” you have lost the way of following Jesus. Read that again, please. It bears thinking about.
When you notice that you are resentful that you have to help feed or clothe or heal them, you have strayed from who Jesus is and what He is all about. You are lost. Do you begrudge your poorest, struggling neighbor anything?
Wake up! Please, American Christians. Wake up already.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and He is not one of the religious right and never will be. He is not a conservative Republican Christian who hates gays and those who have abortions, and He doesn’t think or act like one. Jesus loves. Jesus is not selfish. He doesn’t resent others. He does not love money. Jesus shares, heals, and gave up everything. He loves in humility. He washes the lowliest of the low’s feet! He washed His own follower’s feet. He became as a servant!
Jesus knew enough when He was walking this earth to have elements of all political sides within Him. His mind was open to understanding that there is a need for all of these political perspectives, but alone they all have their serious flaws. Most of all Jesus was and is compassionate, merciful, tender, forgiving, and He loves unconditionally. He was not judgmental of the lost or sinners. Jesus is always on the side of the underdog and the weak, the humble, the downtrodden, and the lowly, and so is His Father, God.
Connect the dots.
Please, brothers and sisters, please connect the dots.
Excellent readings that go into more depth:
- (3) Jesus the Teacher (altruistico.wordpress.com)
- Breakfast With Jesus: MATTHEW 5:10 (drgilstieglitz.wordpress.com)
- LISTEN: The Price of a Slice of the “Devil’s Pie” (blackchristiannews.com)
- Youre Profession of Faith Means Nothing (transformationtheology.wordpress.com)