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A Strange Expectation

When I look at the lives of our Biblical heros, I realize that most church folk don’t understand what being a Christian is really about (yes, I’m talking about my own practice as much as anyone else’s).

 For example, when the Greek philosophers in Athens heard the Apostle Paul speak, they called him a babbler. When Jesus came teaching, he was criticized by the established teachers for not living according to their code of conduct. What I’m noticing here is that neither Paul nor Jesus acted according to society’s expectations.

This is right in line with what Jesus said in Luke 6:22-26: “Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate from you, and reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same manner did their fathers unto the prophets… Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.”

God doesn’t expect the faithful to fit in with the worldly. Check out the Sermon on the Mount, especially Matthew 5:20-48. Note Jesus’s expectation that his followers will never speak ill of anyone else, even when they “deserve it.” He expects us to work hard at living peacefully through trying situations rather than try to get out of them. He expects us to NEVER go back on our word, never retaliate or seek revenge, and treat all people with respect AND compassion. That’s ALL people; even those that have mistreated us!

In other words, being a follower of Christ means being radically different from the people around us who aren’t his disciples. I don’t think many of us have lived that concept.