Matthew 10: 24-33
Today, this morning, let us pray with all our hearts these words, "Here I am Lord, send me" (Isaiah 6:8) and allow the Lord of life to be the Master of my life - to do with me what he did for us; to be a grain of wheat and die so that others may have life. These words from Isaiah are his response to God's invitation. We know that Isaiah was given the toughest job on earth to the toughest people ever: the Jews. Do we expect any less of a challenge? Forget it! The Lord reminds his Apostles over and over again, "No slave is greater than his Master, no disciple greater than his teacher...if they persecuted me, they will persecute you.".
In other words, and in today's language, "if they call me crazy, they will do the same to you!" We should stop thinking of ourselves as more privileged than our Lord. Whoever speaks the Gospel will be labeled a fanatic, a lunatic an idiot. But the world is on a collision course with Truth.
A great teacher of mine once asked our class "How many legs does a dog have?" We all smiled because it was the easiest question he had ever asked. All of us answered, "Four!" Then he proceeded, "Now, if we call the tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?" We all answered with just as much confidence as before, "Five!" He told us that we were all relativists - a bad word in Philosophy. He explained to us that a tail will never be a leg regardless of what we call it - because it isn't by its very nature. The same is true for same sex marriage. It doesn't matter what you call it, it will never be a marriage by the very nature of what marriage is.
Words have meaning because of the truth that nature reveals to man. God exists; the 10 Commandments are here to stay; Christians will be persecuted and hated regardless of whether or not you agree or disagree. Christians will be persecuted because by their very definition they are a sign of contradiction. They are also by definition "to be another Christ.". So don't sweat it, enjoy it.
The Lord tells us to reveal what is concealed - that is, to reveal His Love for us; to let it be known to all the world the greatest secret ever known - that Christ died for us and rose from the dead for us; to proclaim from the housetops, street corners and neighborhood windows that we should be afraid of the one who can kill both the body and the soul!!! But that the darkness did not overcome the light. "So do not be afraid...whoever acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my Heavenly Father." With an introduction like that, who would be worried?
Let us ask the Lord for his grace upon us, to speak his word faithfully, to share his word convincingly and to die to his word lovingly.