How do we stand for Jesus?

A mega pastor posted this on Twitter.

God help us to stand up for Jesus and live for Him no matter the cost.

A mega pastor

It got me to thinking. How do we stand for Jesus, in America? When I think about the character of Jesus, as a young boy, He was going about His father’s business. He did not involve Himself with the politics of the day. He did not go around calling out people and their sin. He challenged the hypocrite of the day. He challenged the pharisaical attitudes. He healed the sick and the brokenhearted. He fed the masses.

In American, most Christians stand against abortion, lifestyles contrary to Scripture, slothfulness. They fight for gun rights and religious freedoms, a free market, they don’t want to have to answer to big government for anything. Church leaders want to draw in big crowds, offer the drink of salvation lace it with entertainment, feel good messages and promises of grandeur.

Christians suffer persecution in certain parts of the world – because of their decision to follow Christ. Most don’t have the freedoms American Christians enjoy.

Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong . . . Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken-hearted.

— Rich Mullins

A Texas legislator wants to make abortion a criminal offense. Now, this is not about whether abortion is right or wrong, in Texas, or any other state. This is about whether Republicans, truly represent Christian values. This is about the message evangelicals and other Christians, me, and you are sending out to the masses. Are we truly presenting Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega – to the world?

What did Jesus do when a bunch of people brought him the woman caught in adultery? And I wonder why only the woman was caught in the very act of adultery.

Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 8:1-11

So how should Americans stand for Jesus? Clearly, standing with the Pharisees is not a good thing.

Be blessed.

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