Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Politics of Truth - Jesus, Truth & Courage


 When it comes right down to it, the truth is something that many don't really take seriously. Talk about? Yes. Live out in you life? Now that's a different matter!

Many issues seem to be open to negotiation. While it might be the right thing to do and it might be what the Bible specifically commands us to do, but to actually do it? Oh, Please, be real! No one really lives that way, not in today's society!

In today's churches, even the Pastors don't, can't or won't come right out and say that something is right or wrong. It's all up to the individual or determined by the situation a person finds himself in. And only that person can determine whether something is right or wrong.

And worse, anyone who says that they know what is right and wrong is "hardcore." They are "judgmental." They are "intolerant."

And then there's Jesus, the one person everyone wants to identify with because He's so soft and cuddly. He never speaks harshly, never raises his voice, never condemns a person and never offends the sensibilities of those around Him.

Yet, when it comes to the particulars of His teaching, well, we shouldn't go too far. After all, to do the same things Jesus did, to actually follow His Words.........well..........we might end up just like Jesus, with people trying to figure out a way to eliminate you from their lives. It's called persecution. And it's something that Jesus promised if you identify with Him, live like Him according to all He said.

The fact is, that in spite of his popularity, the large crowds to hear him teach, the healings, the miracles, the kindness, the love, the gentleness, the anger, the rebukes, etc., they wanted Him dead. And they killed Him simply because He was a threat to their power and influence.

Don't be surprised when you aren't the most popular person in the room or the building for speaking and living the Truth. We are following in His steps.

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