You know, I don’t mind being reminded by leaders within and
without the Church when it comes to critical moral and social issues in our
society and culture about some of the things Jesus said. For instance, to “turn the other cheek”
(Matthew 5:39); to “love thy neighbor” (Matthew 19:19); to observe the golden
rule (Matthew 7:12); to be willing to demonstrate hospitality even when it
seems you are being taken advantage of (Matthew 5:40); to pray for those who
are wrongly giving you a hard time (Matthew 5:44); to forgive people who
intentionally hurt us (Matthew 6:14).
And of course, the ever useful and oft trotted out “Judge not that you
be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Those are
indeed the words of Jesus Christ and I stand by them and ask for God’s grace to
faithfully execute and live them out in this fallen world.
But I would like for those who use those passages in an
attempt to mold the Church into the image of society or kowtow the Church into
submission on moral issues confronting culture today to help me out
further. Guide me in the following:
* Where did Jesus ever say or even intimate that when a
believer is pressured to accept sin he or she should go ahead and capitulate
with the assurance of God’s blessings?
That if enough people could agree that what was once considered sin by
the Body of Christ is no longer considered sin God would get right on board
* Where did Jesus ever teach that one interpretation of
Scripture is as good as any another?
When the Sadducees thought to humiliate Him about His teaching
concerning resurrection and told a silly hypothetical story about a woman who
married seven brothers wanting Him to explain whose wife she would be in the
hereafter, He replied “You are wrong because you know neither the scriptures
nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).
Well we know they were familiar with the Scriptures but apparently He
believed they were wrongly interpreting them and dared tell them so. When did He change His mind that every scriptural
interpretation was equally valid?
* When did He tell His disciples that correctly identifying
sin was something to be left strictly to the purview of God alone? Does “Judge not” mean no Christian is
qualified to ascertain the reality of the presence of sin? Fourteen verses following “Judge not…” He
said, “Beware of
false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew
7:15). Am I to understand from many of
today’s Christian leaders that recognizing bad fruit is an act of judgment
reserved only for God? If not, then how
in the world does acknowledging the presence of sin equate to “judging”
somebody who practices sin?
Where did Jesus say that loving my neighbor means quietly acquiescing as he or
she works through governmental means to restrict my God given freedoms and
rights? When did “pray for those who
persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) morph into “enable and support those who
persecute you to continue their persecution of you”? All this time I thought
Jesus bucked the traditions and culture of His day and died on a cross to set
His “neighbors” free from the power, destructiveness, and ultimate consequence
of sin. Since when has loving one’s
neighbors meant empowering them to engage in sin against me or anyone else?
When did Jesus change His mind about evangelism? In the Great Commission He said to “go…and
make disciples.” He didn’t say to stay
and accept applications to Christianity.
Where I come from “go” and “make” are verbs. Yet in today’s culture of tolerance and
political correctness intentional and concerted efforts to perpetuate one’s faith
is viewed as narrow and even hateful!
“How dare they assume I need forgiveness of sin or any help from
God!” Unbelievably, we’re not just
talking about atheists and humanists howling about Christian evangelism but
Christian clergy as well. When did it
* Finally, when did Jesus say that the planet was of greater
value than the people living on it?
Environmentalists, many of whom are proudly religious, vehemently oppose
extracting the resources that God has provided in nature despite the obvious
benefits to humanity. Evolutionists and
humanists are constantly harping that mankind has no right to make decisions
that affect any other species because every other species has equal standing
with Man both morally and environmentally.
Many in the Church have been bullied into submission by the
intelligentsia in this realm for fear of looking stupid. Apparently, they ignore the revelation of
Jesus that “you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). When did Jesus undo clear teaching of Psalm
8:6 that “You have
given him [mankind] dominion over the works
of your hands; you have put all things
under his feet”?
point is pretty clear isn’t it? Worldly
people with an obvious agenda have wrenched a few select sayings of Jesus out
of context and shamed many well-intentioned but sadly illiterate Christians
into believing that our own religion mandates that we assist in paving the path
that ultimately leads to our own extinction.
Wake up Church! Read the whole
Bible. Loving your enemies doesn’t mean
you have to help them defeat you.
Forgiving your persecutors doesn’t mean you have to look forward to
tomorrow’s torment. Turning the other
cheek doesn’t mean giving the man who raped your wife easy access to your
daughter. Judge not doesn’t mean that
you shall not form an opinion that those who engage in sexual immorality of any
kind are willfully sinning.
early Church wasn’t persecuted because it learned not to make waves. It was persecuted for one reason and only one
reason: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).