Out of touch? When Jesus preached to the vast and teeming crowds that gathered around him on hillsides and lake shores how odd His words must have sounded to the Jews seeking a political leader and to the Greeks in search of a new philosophy. Blessed are the meek? If you humble yourself you will be exalted? Thinking evil is as bad as doing evil?
Think about it. In a world controlled by the ruthless Romans, the humble were vulnerable, the meek crushed and thinking evil was just a way of blowing off needed steam. This prophet was out of touch. His teaching made the average Joe uncomfortable.
God’s Word tells us: “And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (Matthew 5:21).
“Lord, Lord, help us to humble ourselves in order that we do not let the lies of the enemy overtake us, rather, help us to count ourselves as equals with one another. We must stop attempting to be better than others, and we can love their hearts for the unique person You made them to be. In Jesus name. Amen.”
The world hasn’t changed. Humility, meekness and being condemned for our thoughts still smack of being out of touch. Yet, that is where God wants us to be, out of touch with the values of this world and in touch with the values of knowing, understanding, and following Jesus Christ. Christ wants us to live peaceably, but a bit out of touch in the world around us.
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