Thursday, August 22, 2013

No Compromise

The message is the Sermon on the Mount:  If there is to be Joy in life ,  if there is love for all there must be no compromise with evil (a compromise harms us and others), no concession to loveless indifference (loveless indifference=not being bothered about the plight of others, being apathetic to the habits of our colleague which harm them – because it is of no consequence to us,  even being apathetic to the injustice in our country, may be examples or even accepting that bribery is a way to get this done here is a loveless indifference) or murderous injustice. Love will touch all things, it will change all relationships.

Many oppose non violence to deal with issues.  Yeshua lived under the oppressive Romans and was non violent. If one were to say to Yeshua is not the Way but recognize Yeshua as a prophet, why not then follow his non violent ways? Some compromise with evil.  They argue that one can never rid of sin and in any event they live under grace not law . They call any uncompromising stand legalism, fanaticism. But if the uncompromising stand stems from love, it is not legalism.

Only the poor in spirit, the broken who realize that they have been forgiven much by God because of the love of God, is able to forgive much and love much. And so the disciple of Yeshua, constantly abiding in Yeshua, faces the oppressive Roman soldier  in all forgiveness, , he turns the other cheek, he goes the extra mile( “if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles...”), he loves his enemy knowing that He makes his sun rise on the evil and the good (Who knows, he may be able to tell the enemy of his joy?) . He fights the spiritual fight within himself to succumb to his flesh which tells him to do otherwise. It is not softness. This is a hard battle and he fights to death (his death of the flesh).  He wins and though there is external hardship, he is freed from it internally. He is freed from anxiety over his enemy’s next move. He also teaches others to do the same and lives his life that reflects the winning battle for all to see (living testimonies).  It applies to striving against evil in all human and social conditions in our families, workplace, and country. He makes a stand to choose God not mammon(The world)- an uncompromising choice.  Disciples already live in His kingdom with His rules. He is all light. In Him there is no darkness. Should we not eliminate darkness then within and without? 

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