There’s lots wrong with the world today.
Politicians vie to propose the most appalling bills, ones giving opportunity for wrongdoing to explode on the national scene.
We feel our families are threatened, the essence of life is in jeopardy, and even our security as a church family is being weighed in the balance.
The penalties are greater for abusing the family pet than for taking a life before it’s born.
We want to wield our baseball bat and get the wrongdoers to see things God’s way.
That’s not God’s plan.
We have an example to follow, a man whose life was recorded in great detail, and he is our model of Christian behavior.
Jesus dealt with the worst of politicians, both in the church and in government. Our Lord did nothing to break the law, obeyed the strictures of the Torah, and went out of his way to be generous and show warmth to everyone he met. Yet he was beaten, stripped, and nailed to a cross for his “crimes.”
How did the Master respond? Let’s look at Ephesians 4:32 to find out.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Have you been beaten for your faith? Jesus was, and still he forgave his abusers.
Have you been stripped of all you have, even the cloak on your back? Jesus was, and he asked his Father to forgive those who cared so little for his dignity.
Have you been nailed to a cross? Jesus experienced it all, and he willingly died to wipe away his abusers’ sins.
Why shouldn’t we scream and throw rocks at the politicians who seem to wreak havoc on our Christian morals? Because Jesus didn’t.
Jesus’ only action was to be kind, tenderhearted, and to forgive those who killed him.
Jesus is all love. There’s no other way for us to live.
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