When the ‘right’ get it wrong
While the title may hint at a political column, this post is really much more than that.
Its about a level of arrogance that breeds extreme ignorance.
Its about having blinders on so big that even road ahead looks black as night.
Its about self-righteousness that has run so far amok that even the Klu Klux Klan begins to look like a bunch of moderates.
That word has had a huge impact on my life, having discovered it some time in the Fall of 1990 while sitting in a Cultural Anthropology class at California Baptist University. Dr. H. Bruce Stokes dropped that term on us a few week before Halloween that year and spoke for nearly 30 minutes on how it had led anthropologists and archaeologists alike on a number of wild goose chases.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines is being “characterized by or based on the attitude that one’s own group is superior.” Dr. Stokes explained further people will fight to the death defending something they have convinced themselves is real, or that they were taught falsely – even when the facts are clear to the contrary.
Its really sad when intelligent, experienced, well-educated adults allow themselves to be sucked in on such gullible tales only top repeat them as thought they were fact. Its disheartening when people lose the ability to think and research for themselves, but instead rely on some talking head from one news station to do it for them.
And people, this doesn’t just happen in politics. It happens in religion too.
People have been mislead by preachers spouting a “name it and claim it” Gospel, so much so that they blame God when they don’t get they want or get things their way. Rather than seek the will of God in matters, they pray for their preferred outcome to occur, and question God’s ability or presence when it doesn’t come about.
Let’s get this straight people – we serve God, not the other way around. God’s plan is God’s plan and we need to get on board with it or get out of the way. Why? Because He’s seen all the possible outcomes and knows the best way to get the job done. He is infinite, not finite. His is omnipresent, not just hanging out. He is omniscient, not just good at guessing what card you picked from the deck.
Remember that Jesus told us that all of the law – not some of it, part of it or just the stuff we read – can be boiled down into just two commandments. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV)
Judging people for the purpose of condemning them? Sorry, not in our job description.
Shunning people because they don’t think or act like we do? Not in there either.
Forcing people to live according to God’s word? Nope, not part of our duties.
Then just before He left, Jesus gave us what is termed as the Great Commandment: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28: 18-20, NIV)
Now it seems to me that with Jesus proclaiming that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” He could have given us any number of tasks, jobs or game plans to carry out. And as His followers, as Christians, we would have the authority and the power to carry them out. I mean really think about this, He could have said…
“Go out and end world hunger!” or
“Go make everyone a Christian!” or
“Hate everyone who doesn’t follow my laws!”
But he didn’t say ANY of those things or anything like any of those things.
Jesus told us to go out and make disciples all nations; to make them students and hopefully followers of his teachings. Remember the two commandments, so whatever we do we must do in love. So everyone on the planet, from the tall to the small, must make a choice to follow Jesus. We can’t make it for them, no matter how bad a choice we think they are making.
That includes people who choose to be gay.
That includes people who choose to commit abortion.
That includes murderers, rapists and even the lowliest liar.
No sin is blacker than any other. So whatever you’re doing that is outside of God’s will – and that you make excuses for – is just as bad as the worst sin ever committed. And while that may sound condemning, it can also be a source of great hope. Because no matter what sin you’ve committed, Christ still sits waiting for you to come to Him and choose the life that He wants to give us. Life that is abundant and full and riuch in every way imaginable.
Christ never said it would be easy. But you can bet that it will be well worth the effort.
So I challenge you thin think for yourself. Don’t let some writer or news monkey be your only source. And certainly don’t let this writer be your only source. Read, research and best of all pray for yourself. If you truly let God lead you, He will never lead you wrong.
Posted on December 11, 2013, in Faith, Uncategorized and tagged Arrogance, Bible, Christ, Commandment, commission, ethnocentrism, faith, Great, Jesus, Matthew. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.