No one can serve two masters. It's either Him or it's someone or something else. Whoever is not for Him is against Him.
In an age of clever man and compromised values, these statements make us uncomfortable. There is always a third option. We pick the benefits of column A and the benefits of column B without devoting ourselves to either with the purpose of getting exactly what we want out of life. After all, it is our life; it's our temple; it's our nation.
Then, the Alpha and Omega comes. The One who was and is and is to come takes on flesh and dwells among us. For the poor, for the rejected, for the unclean, this is good news. For the rich, for the chosen, for the powerful, this is not good news. For those who are happy with what they have, the message to all men of "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" is not a welcome message.
we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the
Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation."
Do you know how the others can tell when religious leaders lose the plot or expose ourselves for who we really are? When we describe what God has given as ours. When we reject God's clear revelation because it will take away what we love. And when what we love is not God or acknowledged as from God, then we are chasing after the wind.
We should not value books that talk about the Bible over the Bible itself. We should not identify ourselves by what English version of the Bible is used. We should not cling to church records to the point of tears. We should not seek to identify ourselves as Christians by what style of music we prefer or by the office title of our leaders or by what day of the week we meet.
Why did I start this blog? Because I wanted to attempt to cut through all the riff raff, all the agenda, all the noise and just try to go through OK, what did the One Christians acknowledge as the Messiah, the Son of the Living God actually do and what did the King of Kings and Lord of Lords actually teach? Because sometimes studying Jesus at the First Baptist Presbyterian Apostolic Second Dispensation Church of the Holy Virgin can be difficult.
Because sometimes a lot of us are still the same selfish people we have always been. It's just now we attempt to hide the old sin of selfishness behind a fig leaf of pious ritual and language. Because at the end of the day, we like the small amount of control, the small amount of respect and the amount of superiority we feel when we are a part of a religious group. But, at the end of the day, if that leads us to fear being forgotten or not leading anymore. If we so tightly hold on to our place, our position, our church, that we feel justified to gossip, to falsely accuse, to marginalise those that do not serve our place and our position, then we no longer serve within God's temple or in his nation and people. We now serve and seek to protect, at all costs, our temple and our nation.
Do not be fooled. We are not God. God is still God. Jesus is still His Son. Even when we reject Him and His ways, His ways continue. "You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." Our Father in Heaven still works all things for the good of those who love Him. Even the most heinous crime that has ever been perpetrated in the history of mankind can be used for the greatest good the world has ever needed.
Death to self is the only way to be alive in Christ. We will hate the one and love the other. We will be devoted to one and despise the other. It's natural law. It's physics. We can try to fool ourselves into believing gravity does not exist; but gravity still exists. Death to self is the only way to be alive in Christ. It's the only way it works.
Repent. For the Kingdom of God is near.