Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Civil Disobedience story number two.
Jesus prophesied this to his disciples: (John 15:18-19)
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Let’s not forget that our ultimate example in all things is Jesus. Jesus–against the wishes of Herod Antipas, against the wishes of the Roman Pontiff named Pilate, against the wishes of the Sanhedrin–would not stop doing the work of the LORD. Jesus’ authority, given to him by the Father, superseded that of Kings, Pontiffs, and Religious courts. Jesus healed, cast out demons, and preached good news to the poor even when his authorities asked him to stop. He did all that without violence too. I am positive that Jesus was accomplishing much more than just a simple example of civil disobedience, but his actions also showed at least that.
Illiana, I would guess that about 99% of the disobedience performed at Illiana isn’t done in the Spirit of Jesus’ example. But to the 1% that is: that action comes with consequences. We, those who serve the living and active God, have an enemy. That enemy has his claws in more places than I could ever count. If you have the guts to follow God above authorities, expect the enemy of the gospel to apply pressure. Satan has no desire for the Kingdom of God to take back any of his hard fought territory.
I am not sure that the Kingdom of God can only advance by the way of unjust crucifixions, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it might. So to the few laboring in the field today I pray that as you pick up your cross and follow our King that you know that the Spirit that kept Jesus faithful to the end is able to strengthen our weary knees when they buckle under the weight of the enemy’s tactics, even or especially when that weight is applied through official channels.