More than once I’ve been accused of being a bit tough on Christians for not standing up to do what Christians are supposed to do. I am told that I don’t show the love of Jesus by being so one-sided. I say…you are wrong. Any Christian that does not call out other Christians and Pastors that are in grave error is not a Christian at all…they are only church goers with a Bible not yet read.
“I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night.” Isaiah 62:6
Now, my first thought was (and not to be cliché), ‘What would Jesus do’? After all, being rebuked by other Christians is sometimes a high honor; I must be doing something to bring that kind of response in a somewhat public forum.
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
My second thought was how interesting it is to hear from those that do nearly nothing for the Kingdom to have such unkind things to say to someone that actually IS doing something.
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” Matthew 25:37-40
Then my third thought was how Christians AND secular people think that Jesus Christ is this weak, slight of a man. Let me be the first to tell you that nothing is further than the truth.
“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.” Matthew 21:12
We are called to boldness, not weakness of nature, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
How dare I NOT tell you the truth? I have to give an account if I do not, why would you think you do not? Christian, we are supposed to be on the same team. It is because of the love of God that I profess Jesus Christ first and then an advocate for the unborn.
Christian, read the word of God and listen to His voice through His mighty word, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Vinegar brings self-righteousness and bitterness; Honey brings seeker-sensitive weak Christians…but the TRUTH is what makes us true Disciples of Jesus Christ. Because what I do, I do in HIS name, a name without blemish and spot, “And you shall know thet TRUTH, and the TRUTH shall make you free.”