Counting the Cost#6. “Ashamed of Me and My words” (Lk.9:26).

Counting the Cost#6. “Ashamed of Me and My words” (Lk.9:26).

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isa.5:20).

Isaiah’s words ring as true today as they did 2700-years-old.

Today, you would think that we might at least expect some signs of shame from those caught doing or promoting godless acts, but not so. Instead, we are in an age where only those who point out evil are expected to feel shame—and be shamed.

Promoting Jesus and his word as the divine moral standard for humanity will get you into trouble. Gone are the days when “churched folk” might have silently tolerated you.

Now it is all on. Their rejection of Jesus as a viable alternative to their present way of thinking is made public. They dismiss Jesus, church, and religion as, at best passé, or, at worst, a threat to mankind.

Even the worst of them, if it is possible, should see the irony. How hard is it to see that everyone who is alive today on planet earth is blessed beyond belief by the Christian age?

Jesus was rejected and despised by those who were waiting for the Messiah. It mattered to them that Jesus did not meet their expectations. He was too poor, too uneducated, and too unimportant—too not them. But it did not matter to them that he met the Old Testament Messianic profile, performed miracles (including raising the dead), preached love and hope, and rose from the dead.

However, “the worst of them” did not consider themselves to be unbelievers. When Jesus called his an “adulterous and sinful generation,” he was speaking to people who were adulterating his word. They were, on the one hand calling Jesus evil, while on the other hand using God’s word to justify their evil.

Obviously, nothing has changed!

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Lk.9:26).

John Staiger

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