Yesterday was one of those days when you meet the un-expected and are left with a choice how you will respond. In the face of mud-slinging and name calling, I am choosing love. So, there are those out there that have included me in the ranks of the false-teacher. I am in good company. You see, Jesus was also considered to be a false teacher by those that held tightly to the traditions of their fathers. For these religious leaders theirs was a religion of obligation and and external pomp. The words of Jesus on the sermon on the mount come as a refreshing wind to a spiprtually stifled people. His words to “be salt and light”, and the rest of the great section was what you would call a hermeneutical shift. The Pharisees were about the letter of the law, Jesus was pointing the people back to the heart of the Law-Giver. Needless to say, Jesus made enemies not because what He was doing was wrong, but because the people who benefited the most from their view of right were challenged to consider that they were wrong. Even in the face of his arrest and his mockery of a trial, he never once raised a fist in anger, he never once tried to verbally abuse his offenders, but, ” …like a lamb, he was led to the slaughter…” (Isa. 53:7). Jesus chose love even in the wake of great evil and name calling. I choose the same.

About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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1 Response to 109301284693043876

  1. Anonymous says:


    Stick to it, brother. I remember telling a close friend in a similar situation that eventually love and truth win. You just have to keep being the Christian you are, and your life will silence any accusations.

    “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.” I Peter 2:15 ESV

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