This analogy will upset some people, but I say this to hopefully get some thinking. When Jesus walked the earth, was he for the Jews or against them?
It would have depended on who you talked to. Those who were oppressed, outside of the traditions in some form, those who were spiritually afflicted, those who were poor, meek, and broken — they loved Jesus. They knew he was for them.
Those who wanted to protect the status-quo, who loved their traditions more than truth, who oppressed others, who wanted to keep their high social status and leadership roles, those who feared man more than God — they hated Jesus. They knew he was against them.
I am not in anyway worthy to be compared to Jesus. Let’s just make that loud and clear. However, there are those, who like me, are being treated as if we are against you — when in reality — we are for you.
Let me explain. I am all for the sinner who is broken, treated harshly, cast out, or can not find a place among Christianity where they belong. I am for those who sincerely love Jesus, who want to pursue him and the promises of freedom he offers. I am for the humble, the meek, the poor, those who this world rejects.
I am against ideas that keep the oppressed down. I am against being fake and full of self-righteousness and hatefulness. I am against teachings that do not make sinners free, but further ensnare them while making men rich off of Jesus like he is some business brand.
However, even in the things I am against, I do not oppose people. I have been fake and self-righteous, hypocritical, hateful, selfish, deceptive, greedy, you name it. I spent most of my life as a luke-warm Christian who had no place. Who almost denied Jesus. Who could not find comfort in this world.
I know you. I was you. I get it. I would have hated me too. I would have misunderstood, felt threatened, and jumped to hasty and false conclusions. Of course, I do not mean to accuse anyone or their faith. I just mean to say that I understand. I try to get where people are coming from.
I know the gospel. I know the freedom. I know that much teaching today in Western Christianity does not make you alive. It kills. It steals. It destroys. I am not for these dead things. Yet, I am for you. Even if you oppose me, I am for you. God will deal with my enemies.
I am for your freedom from this world. Do not let those who want to keep you in chains think otherwise.