What if? Jesus: "Let them shoot you."

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On Monday, I talked about Jesus and how He was and is the unexpected, and if we are called to be in His image then we need to do the unexpected as well. We are called to be the unexpected.(If you missed Monday’s post here it is http://tinyurl.com/ow77anj )

The question today is simple, “What does it mean to be the unexpected?”

We are not called to just act unexpected; we are called to be the unexpected. It is supposed to be ingrained in every fiber of our being, but once again, what does that even mean?Naturally, Jesus let’s us know, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2)We are called to be not of this world. That means different. That means not the same as the culture. That means changing the culture. That means transforming your world. That means impacting your workplace or school. That means going beyond racial divides. That means demonstrating reconciliation over offenses you never committed. That means forgiving deep hurts that you have deemed unforgivable. That means reaching out to those that are different than you. That means loving the dirty and broken. That means not causing strife. That means submitting to authority. That means lying down in front of someone’s gun and not fighting.That means taking up your cross and following Jesus.It is the unexpected.Jesus, in every action He did, was the unexpected. Even to His death! He quietly submitted and walked to His death. He did not fight or run–He submitted.

Submission.

Here is a real life example.Recently, there has been a massive controversy in Texas about the Houston mayor demanding that local pastors turn over there sermons. I was appalled by the breach of freedom that she was trying to inflict, but even more than that my heart broke when I heard some of the pastor’s responses. One pastor called for pastors from all over the U.S. to come down and help protest and make a stand.Let me ask you a question “Did Jesus ever protest and take a stand?”

No.

Do you know what would be unexpected? If they did the unexpected. This does not mean they turn in their sermons. What is the model that is presented in the Bible when facing persecution? Gently standing firm in your resolve and taking whatever punishment results. Look at the apostles, look at Paul, and look at Jesus. They never fought or pushed back.

They submitted.

We are called to submit.

When faced with persecution we are called to stand firm in our resolve­– do not give in or buckle under the pressure, but do it quietly and with gentleness. That is Christ-like. Calling pastors to leave their sheep to come take a stand is against the example Christ has put forth.No, we may never be asked to turn in our sermons or walk to the gallows, but we will be mocked and we will be laughed at.Stand firm, but with gentleness.That is the unexpected.

So, how does that apply to more than persecution?

 Simple.Turn the other cheek.Do you remember what I wrote?“We are called to be not of this world. That means different. That means not the same as the culture. That means changing the culture. That means transforming your world. That means impacting your workplace or school. That means going beyond racial divides. That means demonstrating reconciliation over offenses you never committed. That means forgiving deep hurts that you have deemed unforgivable. That means reaching out to those that are different than you. That means loving the dirty and broken. That means not causing strife. That means submitting to authority. That means lying down in front of someone’s gun and not fighting. That is the unexpected.”Be the unexpected.

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