Political Christians (and any others) please help. Why is it that there is so much Obama bashing coming out of the mouths (and Facebook/Twitter pages) of Christians? I could understand well-reasoned arguments and helpful criticism filled with grace and truth. But that’s not what I see and hear. Rather, I see empty rhetoric, blatant name calling, distorted facts, and little worthy of our calling.
I understand culture and politics enough that this type of nonsense is unavoidable. However, it’s absolutely reprehensible from a Christian. And it’s incredibly upsetting because it does not glorify Jesus. Rather, it hurts His Church, and quite frankly, it’s demonic (Too harsh? Keep reading). I’m thankful to a friend who preached a great sermon on this. He pointed out how we are acting like James and John calling down fire on those who don’t agree with us.
This story of calling down fire is told by Luke (doctor/historian and companion of the apostle Paul). It’s not a parable. It’s a real event recording the live reaction of James and John when some folks in a Samaritan village disagreed with Jesus. Outraged, they asked Jesus if he wanted them to call down fire from heaven and destroy them. In other words, James and John wanted to bomb them, wipe them out, annihilate them, murder them. Why? Because they disagreed with Jesus’ mission.
What was Jesus’ response?
He rebuked them.
That is, Jesus used the same word he used to cast out demons. Why? Because they were acting demonic instead of holy.
Jesus didn’t condemn the Samaritans for their differing political views. He simply went to another village.
Christian brothers and sisters, this is one story of many in our scriptures. Let’s live a life worthy of the calling we have received. People are watching. Repent. Turn and follow the way of the cross. Let the world see Christ, and how beautiful He is.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus (Luke 9:51… ESV)
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.