Monday, March 12, 2007

Jesus died for...

Okay, let's look at this a different way. I didn't say to put the fox in charge of the henhouse. And knowingly doing that would be stupid. If someone (even a wolf) wants to mingle with the congregation, and the shepherds there have taught their flock well, why are you so afraid? Has God given us a spirit of fear?

I was once a wolf. Yet now am not. Is that because people shunned me? Or was it the other way around? I am glad that the people who were entrusted with God's spirit, reached out to me. I am glad that I wasn't shunned, but allowed to come into the fold. I have been beaten with the rules. It truly didn't help or change me.

We are to reach out even to those who mistreat us.
We are to repay harm with help.
If we are mistreated we are supposed to emulate our Lord.
What was it He did on the cross?
Oh yeah, He cursed them all for... No, wait.
He prayed for those who despised and mistreated Him.
He wished for their misplaced self-righteousnous to turn into something else.

It doesn't mean we don't punish law-breakers. It does mean we are still to offer help. Sometimes that help comes through incarceration and treatment. That's what the law is for. And in this fallen world, it will still be that way. But Jesus came to serve. Even His enemies. Especially His enemies.

Of course, if you know better and are more right in your self than Jesus, you can condemn them. After all 'that sin' is far worse than any you've ever done, right?

12 comments:

eaglewood said...

“Okay, let's look at this a different way. I didn't say to put the fox in charge of the henhouse. And knowingly doing that would be stupid. If someone (even a wolf) wants to mingle with the congregation, and the shepherds there have taught their flock well, why are you so afraid? Has God given us a spirit of fear?

I was once a wolf. Yet now am not. Is that because people shunned me? Or was it the other way around? I am glad that the people who were entrusted with God's spirit, reached out to me. I am glad that I wasn't shunned, but allowed to come into the fold. I have been beaten with the rules. It truly didn't help or change me.”

This is what is so frustrating to me. Why is it that when we talk about keeping friends of good moral character people make the assumption that we mean that we are not to reach out to those in need of Yeshua's grace and love? G_d does not give us a spirit of fear but one of boldness to reach those that are in need (all of us). I have not been talking about beating people with the rules or any such thing as that.

The question is really about who we make as our close friends, confidants,those with whom we share our lives with on a daily basis. Yes, Yeshua did befriend and lift up those who were downtrodden, He also rebuked those who in essence rejected Him. Are we to reach out to our enemies in love and kindness? Yes we are, but does that mean we entrust our lives to them? No it does not.
The Bible has good advise on choosing those we have to be our friends.

Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.
Proverbs 14:7

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.
Proverbs 17:12

Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
1 Corinthians 15:33

Morgan said...

I can tell you why so many so-called Christians are afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. Because he has the instincts to see them for what they are - wolves in sheep's clothing. If one seeks out the "Christian" company of those who will always agree with them or turn a blind eye to their sins they will not have to face the wolf that still lurks underneath.

But those pesky wolves look at these sheep and question why they are acting so canine if they truly are the sweet, humble creatures they claim to be. "You're a sheep? Then why is there blood on your feet?"

This angers the false Christian. When these wolves in sheep's clothing are questioned about their actions, their comrades circle them and lob scripture bombs without for once contemplating whether those scriptures might also apply to them.

Rather than examine themselves, the wolves in sheep's clothing claim to be "victims" of criticism. It irks them that the so-called wolves see them just as they are - wolfen brethren in an ill-fitting sheep skin. So naturally they are made quite nervous. You can't fool the wolves.

Billiam said...

I was listening to a program on XM Family Talk last night. The subject was how some left leaning churches are teaching the love in the Bible without teaching the Judgement in the Bible. It was right on. We must love our fellow man. That doesn't mean we don't hold them to account for their wrong-doing. Yet we must forgive, and help where possible. "For as you forgive, so the Father forgives you."

Morgan said...

Yeah, Billiam, but verily the self-professed Christians - while quick to judge those they see as "sinners" - are loathe to look at themselves or those who agree with the political ideology. Hence Bill Clinton is a heathen for getting blowjobs while married to Hillary but Newt Gingrich is called "brave" for admitting, way after the fact, that he was screwing around on his wife while criticizing Clinton's philandering.

It's kind of amusing. A Republican caller, frustrated at the hypocrisy of the Christian right, nailed Sean Hannity on this very issue a few days ago. His response? Gingrich was the "victim" of a bad marriage (well, several it turns out). He then went on to question the caller's Republican "credentials." No doubt, like a good little right winger, he was questioning her Christian credentials as well.

I've been accused of not being a real Christian. But the people who do that are paying me a compliment. To be accused of not being a good Christian by the types who've leveled the charge is - to me- the equivalent of being called a bad citizen by the KKK. ;-)

Arielle said...

Roland,

I haven't read the other comments yet, but I want to clarify something - the people we were told not to fellowship with are the people that claim to be followers of Yeshua and yet continue sinning, unrepentant. For example, two "Christians" are having an affair. When caught, instead of acknowledging that what they have done is wrong and repenting, they continue their affair. This is the kind of person we are told to stay away from. We are not told to beware wolves but to beware wolves in sheep's clothing.

Does that help?

Billiam said...

Morgan
Are we not all sinners? I don't listen to Hannity. He sets my teeth on edge. As for Newt, he was wrong. He sees that. At least, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Arielle, I don't think there are any of us who are without sin. Even after we submit to Christ.

Wonder Woman said...

I am most likely incorrect in how I "look at people"...

I treat others with a "motherly" approach. I don't have to like, agree with, want for the other person what it is they've chosen to do, I however being a caring human being CAN care for them.

Praying they will too see their path more clearly...

It's the whole believing in others until they're able to hold that belief without conviction.

It's my "motherly" way :)

Roland said...

Wow, I need to take time to respond to all of these. I have been busy the last few days.
I appreciate all the comments though.
Thanks.

Arielle said...

Billiam,

I know we all sin. I wasn't suggesting otherwise. =P What I was referring to were instances in which supposed Christians refuse to acknowledge sin as sin. To put it in a current context, people that believe it's okay to be a Christian and a practicing homosexual. It's one thing for people to struggle with homosexuality, it's another thing entirely for them to embrace it and say it's a good thing.

Markus said...

Jesus died for nothing I would say.

And there wasn't even a sacrifice in the first place. No loss = no sacrifice!

Billiam said...

Wrong, Markus. He paid the ultimate price for us all. Yes, you as well, though you CHOOSE not to believe.

heidi said...

Roland, I got a bit carried away with my response and ended up posting it on my blog because it would have been obnoxious to post it here! :)