I have worked with those who oppose Abortion, Sexual Orientation, Islam, Euthanasia etc… Maybe they are noble causes but I have been struck by one thing. More often than not there is no love for the so called enemy, and worst still there is no love among those who stand together who fight the cause. I come to see these groups as the same as the pressure groups they oppose if not worse. Jesus taught two things that I feel are so important, without them, whatever we do is worth nothing.1. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – Matthew 5:44 2. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
And it is so important to love God, that is where it starts.
I listen to their words and idealogy, but Jesus is somewhat missing. And I hear words like truth but it only indicates a hard heart and a justification for a position, but the only truth I know is Jesus
I read Jesus’ mission statement and it challenges me in a completely different direction.The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 14:18-19
I sometimes think that the people we oppose may be brokenhearted, stuck in a personal prison, blinded by a world that promises so much but delivers only pain, or been abused by people in the past or now. I would hope that the gospel Jesus preached would release these people, not bring them into more condemnation and judgement. They need good news! If I have ever been in a situation of judgement then I am sorry, this is not Jesus, he cared, he loved. So much so that the people who had power and money killed him. I have a picture from a movie of a nail resting on Jesus’ hand which is about to be hammered in. This brings me back to what the cross is really about. God’s incredible love for us.
I firmly believe that if we want to see change our countries, we need to get on our knees, acknowledge God, and repent. It begins with our hard hearts. Then we can pray, and we will see change. Most important we need to want to be like Jesus, follow Him and to love like He did.