Jesus

It seems like Jesus has been redefined lately in several ways. I see where people on the left have made Him into a radical revolutionary while others on the right turn Him into a middle class moralizer.

But for those who know and believe the Gospels, there is only one choice: Son of God, Savior. C. S. Lewis once said that Jesus by His own claims must be a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. There’s no other alternative.

If you read the Bible through the lens of your politics, it’s inevitable that you will end up recreating God and Jesus in your own image. He will love all the people you love and hate all the people you hate. Your political standard becomes THE standard to which even God must submit.

But the Bible I read says that Jesus’ foremost mission was not revolution but repentance, reconciliation, reclamation, and restoration. By Jesus’ own words, He came to seek and save the lost.

If Jesus was radical, it was in the way He loved the unlovable, reached out to the unwanted, and offered revolutionary grace to the outcast.

His message was the same to the tax collector and the prostitute, to the leper and to the religious leader: follow Me.

The more I understand of the whole Gospel for the whole person, the more I realize that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, only get the Gospel half right. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “Let the one without sin cast the first stone” and “Neither do I condemn you,” but He also said, “Go and sin no more.”

Believers are called to stand outside of the political system and to be prophetic voices to both sides. When we side with one against the other, we have committed idolatry and forsaken the true Gospel of Jesus Christ for man-made doctrines.

The Bible says to choose this day whom you will serve. By the grace of God, I implore all of us to choose Jesus.

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