In a hyper-sensitive world that seems to be offended by everything and yet stand for nothing, I find myself reflecting often over the Scriptures to see what Jesus would do. He loved deeply, had compassion and came to save the dying world, yet He stood strong and grounded in His convictions. He was a deep man, but He wasn’t tolerant or particularly nice. He stood with truth, regardless of what the world around Him was saying. His rebel ways even led to him being murdered on a cross. Here are a few verses I came across today in my Bible reading.
[Jesus] made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. – John 2:15
Do not suppose that I (Jesus) have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. – Matthew 10:34
Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! – Luke 12:51
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it – Matthew 7:14
Oftentimes, we as Christians can find ourselves condemned by others due to our convictions, truths and what we stand for. They often believe we have double standards and are hypocritical, but the reality is, every Christian is a hypocrite to some degree. If we weren’t and we were perfect, we wouldn’t need saving… right? We know we fail and that’s why we need God and the salvation of Jesus.
Oh, and here’s a verse (below) for those who say Christians are not supposed to judge. I think we sometimes forget that we are made in God’s image and when we are reborn, we receive the Holy Spirit of God. That Spirit is part of God and He hates sin. We don’t need to walk around slamming Bibles against people’s heads, but we should be standing for truth and what is right in the world. Don’t let the world snuff out the fire that is inside of you.
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. ~ John 7:24