November 25th, 2019
The World Says Walk Away God Says Go!
Matthew 5:38-40 (KJB) Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
The world says you can simply walk away from exasperating and frustrating relationships and situations. Yes, throw in the towel, give up on another person or relationship when the going gets uncomfortable and rough. It is more common today for a hurt person(s) to seek revenge and ill will towards another than opting to turn the other cheek and extend forgiveness towards anyone who has hurt them.
The world says hire a lawyer and sue for millions when things are not fair, wicked, turn out ugly, or not exactly as you pictured. Expose your poor experience by calling attention to any underprivileged disadvantage or personal embarrassment you face. Not only that but stoke your hurt feelings with love and sympathy of others and perhaps benefiting at the expense of another’s fault or foible.
God’s spiritual message for us in these verses above are much different than such hooey the world dishes up. God says, stay the course, don’t give up, give in, or compromise, turn the other cheek when a person mistreats you rather than sounding an alarm at such atrocity.
Above all, do not walk away but walk with God in whatever direction he leads.
Somehow, professing Christians today think that they deserve to be treated fairly, with honor, and respect by others in this world. Certainly, they should not be taken advantage of or trodden down. Honestly, that would put every professing person on an experience level above that of Jesus Christ, for when He was physically present on this earth, he was made fun of, persecuted, and wounded by pride-filled hotheads leading the loud crowd in this world. Still, even with this, He chose to react with silence towards accusations and ultimately to turn the other cheek offering eternal mercy and grace.
Why would we expect to be treated better today when walking in His image than He was when He was physically alive in this world?
It is true, Jesus Christ endured ill-treatment, physical and emotional abuse, probably made would have made the headlines of an ancient newscast (if there was one), and we know He faced lawyers in a “kangaroo court.” However, through all this, Jesus Christ did not pull out the race card. Or press charges against the unruly crowd, remark about skin color, or rail against those who accused Him of blasphemy. No, Jesus Christ stood tall and temperate in the power and presence of God. Having spiritual tenacity, He stayed the course completing the will of His Father despite the wicked atmosphere at work about Him in this world.
Ultimately. Jesus Christ did not wither or walk away when trials and tribulations came. Not only that, but as we choose to identify with Him in death and suffering, we should expect increasing trials, tension, and troubles (John 16:33). We should desire to stay the course concerning God’s will despite circumstances about us in this world.