Not So Nice Jesus

oil painting illustrating a religious scene, jesus christ and his disciples on a meadow

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.[a] 10 And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. 11 And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.

Mark 6:7-13

Led by progressive theologians, current thinking has reduced Christology to a simple axiom maintaining that Jesus is nice and His sole requirement of followers is to be nice. No doubt, the preeminent quality of Jesus is love (which cannot be summed up by merely being nice), but Jesus is a complex personality with many attributes. Jesus not only commands His people to live in love, but also in truth.

Jesus has a purpose and a plan. Two-by-two He sends his apostles out to do ministry. He sends them on a mission. Jesus does not want them loaded down with a bunch of stuff; He wants them to go in faith and act on faith. But then He says something, that according to current theological trends, is very un-Jesus-like: if the people to whom you go reject the message – hold them accountable. Make a clear distinction between those who receive the message and those who refuse to listen to you.

May 20th, 2015 by

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