Following Jesus means siding with the oppressed.
(Listen to my song “Salvation” by clicking HERE)
Consider how Jesus endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
When you stand up for compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and justice especially for the poor and outcast…those who are different than you…you generally get ridiculed.
Egocentric people tend to be “me” centered…and they need to be part of an “us” that is opposed to a “them.” That creates “scapegoating” which is defined: “A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.”
It’s like what is happening now with Muslims and those who live in certain countries. All are lumped together with the relatively few culprits.
This is our sin…the sin of separating from each other…when as Christians we are taught that we are all one body of Christ.
Jesus became the scapegoat to show us how evil scapegoating is.
And yet many times Christians are the very ones who seem to not get it.
Jesus predicted his followers would be persecuted. “Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name.” (Matthew 24:9)
Jesus showed us God’s nature. He showed us the face of Unconditional Love…responding to hate with love even at the cost of his life.
To be a Christian…means to follow his example.
Whatever you are struggling with now…turn to Christ for help. He knows your pain and will walk with you.
Christ turns no one in need away. And neither should we!
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Remember…God loves you!