The Guy who climbed up onto the cross because of His love for you is the same Guy who took and made a whip, then used it on the people selling stuff in the synagogue.
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I have a turmoil in me. It shows itself by a tightening in my chest. Not painful. I’m not having a heart attack. Nothing of the sort. There’s a lot in this world that “hits me in the gut.” You know? I sometimes think how awesome it would have been to live in the frontiers days. When there was simple folks, strong backs and morals. And no Facebook full of controversy. There’s also times when I am so glad to be alive right now.
I am not a lover of controversy. Even though I often write about it, I am always bothered in my heart when I read of things and situations that are clearly not godly. Or see a Christian who thinks different than I. Or anyone that thinks different. Especially when I know my thought process is right (snicker…). But, Dr. Phil once said, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be loved?” Another way you could say that is “Do you want to be right or do you want to save people?” It’s about relationship. People need Jesus more than they need our rules.
I think there will always be Christians who will see too much need for love and mushiness. I think there will always be Christians who see too much need for rules and regulations. The truth (look out, here it comes) is that we need to be able to adjust according to the Spirit of God. Paul said “I am what I need to be to all men.” Yeah, I paraphrased that, but it’s found in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. He never intended for people to become sinful to reach the sinner. I suppose some people might not have the understanding to get that and so it could be confusing. We need to do what we need to do to reach a world that is dying without Christ. There are more “Westboro Church” reasoning people out there than you might think. Most of them are just quiet about it.
We have this need to be right. The Church should be the least concerned about that. We don’t need to push our “righteousness” on anyone. It is there. They cannot change it. You have no need to defend godliness. You have no need to push it on someone who is a sinner. They are not going to suddenly say, “Wow, you’re right. I’m going to hell.” We must have a relationship with Jesus to be saved, but we think that just be screaming at people they will get saved. We need relationship with people who don’t believe as we do. First because that is how we are made. Second because if you want them to believe as you do, they need to see a need for it.
Let’s see, before I get too lost into “bad” theology, keep this one simple thing in mind: the Guy who climbed up onto the cross because of His love for you is the same Guy who took and made a whip, then used it on the people selling stuff in the synagogue. There is a time for standing your ground on the good things of God. Still, I think the biggest problem we have is that we become Christians and then think the next step is to decide how everyone else needs to become “holy like us.” We say we are following scripture, but the truth is that above all things, beyond any commandment that Jesus gave (remember He said if you love me you will follow my commandments), beyond anything written in the Old Testament, beyond all 10 Commandments and everything everyone said (including God and Jesus themselves) all the law and prophets, you must first Love God and man. Everything falls into it’s place behind them. And you are not likely to ever be in a place where it is righteous for you to use a whip on people. Real or spiritual.
And, one final statement. The Bible says not to judge or you will be judged. There have been many, many translations, transcriptions, transliterations and interpretations of that. And, depending on whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian (AKA, sinner), those elucidations may say, “Yeah, that’s not really what it means.” Or something like “You can’t tell me I’m sinning, you ain’t supposed to judge me.” Or that one with the guy that has a 4 1/2 pound ice cream Sunday in his hands with the quote below, “Don’t Judge Me.” Okay, not really pertinent there. Whatever.
My point on this last remark that is closing in on a 100 words and 15 paragraphs is this: You are saved or not saved. You know Jesus or you don’t. We have no actual “reason” to judge except to be mean. And, if you are doing it for that reason, you need to check yourself if you are calling yourself Christian. The only Biblical purpose to “judge” is to determine if a person who is claiming to be a Christian is showing the works and evidence of Christ. Ohhh… yeah, that.
There is no room to judge the world. Even Christ said He came to save the world, not judge it. As I said, we need to be led by the Spirit and not every whim that people throw out there. Including your pastor. We are to read and understand the Bible. Learn to apply it by the revelations of the Holy Spirit, not a man. And, lastly…Sin is still a very real thing. Maybe next time I will talk about how compromise through being “too soft” is suicide.