There is one particular aspect of our fallen humanity that seems to be rearing it’s ugly head a good deal these days, fed by the speed of the Internet and the rapid flow of information available via social media, many coming from the source of the news events of the day. Texts from Tiananmen Square, cell phone video of 911, photos of wounded children in Gaza, and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. All this is available immediately with commentary by whoever happens to be holding the phone. As a result, we all get information; we all think we know what’s going on based on these “first hand” reports; and we all form our opinions quickly and in some cases, finally. We are 100% right; they are 100% wrong. We saw the pictures; we heard the eyewitness; we are the judge.
But how can you know the truth when every man’s a judge, and the judges all disagree?
We need a new humility that comes from men and women who know their own errors and shortcomings. We need people who know the value of forgiveness … that no conflict can be resolved without forgiveness given and forgiveness received. That mercy from God is our most valuable personal resource because we are so much in need of it.
We need, as believers today, to display a spirit which is not the spirit of the age. It’s the Spirit of Christ which stands in contrast to any age including the one that was established when He first brought this truth incarnated in and through Himself as the Son of God.
Jesus said that we would be His disciples if we followed His teaching, and then, through His teaching we would know the truth, and the truth would set us free. So what is this truth that will set us free? We are going to spend some time in the next few weeks looking into this, but even on the surface, the teaching of Jesus flies in the face of everything being touted by our culture. Sadly, it flies in the face of much that is being touted in our churches as well.
The teaching of Jesus is about not being righteous, but hungering and thirsting for it. It’s about weeping with those who weep. It’s about making peace, not war. It’s about choosing the last place in line. It’s about loving your enemies, doing good to those who persecute you and returning good for evil. It’s about going an extra mile when someone forced you to go the first one. It’s about offering your coat to the guy who just stole your shirt. It’s about not being the judge of anyone. It’s about treating people the way you would like to be treated. It’s about offering mercy to everyone without question, because you know how badly you need it for yourself.
Are you ready for this ride?
How contrary to any age is this, and I have only scratched the surface? Imagine if these attitudes were applied in Ferguson or Gaza. Imagine if they were applied to situations in our lives where truth is needed. In fact, write us and tell us how you see this relating your own life today. We are followers of Christ; I want to find out what it means to live like one.