Just Because I’m A Christian Doesn’t Mean That I Have To Put Up With Your B.S.

photo-1458225472243-bc6325b1fa5cI think some people have the opinion that evangelical Christians are supposed to be wishy-washy, and that the words ‘turn the other cheek’ means that we are never supposed to fight back.

Erm, sorry, nope, that’s not true. Christians, by definition (‘Christ-followers’, ‘people who are like Christ’, or ‘little Christs’), follow Jesus. And Jesus was not wishy-washy in the least. Matthew 4:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Whatever you believe this ‘tempter’ to be, it’s obvious that it (or ‘he’) is not playing fair. Jesus is really hungry here, and this tempter is saying, ‘Come on! Show me a miracle! You’re hungry after all, right?

Of course Jesus would be fully justified here if he agreed, and turned the stones into bread. I mean, Mediteranean Jewish lives matter, right?

But Jesus knew something suspicious was going on, and he didn’t like it. So he said so.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

So, discounting whatever that means, this accuser says one thing and Jesus says ‘nope’.

What’s more, Jesus got more forceful. This accuser tries a second time, then a third time:

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

“Away from me, Satan!” In other words, this accuser was, to use modern Reddit parlance, BTFO.

Jesus’ disciples did the same thing.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

This is a pretty reasonable request, right? “Guys, look, you are really causing problems here in our temple. Can you just cut it out? I mean, really, we have to have a fair and balanced dialogue here. You know, equal time?”

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

In other words, NOPE.

After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened.

And they went on turning the world upside down.

So before you say that I should back down on something because I’m a Christian, you’d better check your Bible. Because while I am usually polite and civil, I am not going to shut up, just because you dislike Republicans, dislike America, dislike Trump, dislike what I think about Jesus, dislike my take on psychiatry, or dislike anything else I say.

I know what I’m talking about–or at least, if I’m wrong, I’m teachable–and I’m not going to stop saying it just because you don’t like it.

And this goes for you, as well, my fellow Christians. If you know where you stand, if the inner witness of the Holy Spirit while you’re at peace says, ‘Say this!’, then say it. Twitter may not like it. Reddit may not like it. Your friends and family may not like it. But do the right thing.

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