Friday, February 8, 2013

Speaker's Corner?!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, the discussion was about behaviour.  Mine.  And, the behaviour of others.

As I mentioned yesterday, some people don't believe that we should speak up concerning issues of importance to either ourselves, or others.  I'm sure you can tell, I don't agree with that line of thinking.

Partly, I suppose it could be because I believe that our ancestors before us, fought for freedom.  Including freedom of speech. 

You've heard me mention that both my parents stood for the cause of freedom, during WW2.  Knowing this, why on earth would I want someone to tell me that the freedom I enjoy today, as a result of what they did, and others with them, I shouldn't enjoy?

But, there's another reason I speak up. 

It's because Jesus did, also.  And, He's my perfect example in life.  A follower of Christ, a born-again believer, saved by the blood of Jesus and the work He did at the cross, I try my best to do what Jesus would have done.

Okay.  Okay.  I'm not perfect.  Please don't get the wrong idea.  I realize my righteousness is as filthy rags, as I mentioned, recently.

But, when God saves us, our righteousness is due to our Lord.  Who gave His life for us.

In the book of John chapter 2, we read about how Jesus's mother approached Him, because at the wedding they were attending, there was no more wine.  Mary told her Son, our Lord Jesus, about how more wine was needed.

At first, Jesus sort of fluffed off, replying to His mom, "My hour has not yet come".  Mary, ignoring the statement, told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do.  And, they did.  Voila!  More wine was had by all, because Jesus turned the water into wine.

The point I'm making is that even though it seemed that Jesus didn't really want to involve Himself in the issue, He did what He recognized was the right thing to do.

In Matthew chapter 21, we read about how Jesus went into the temple of God.  There, He threw out all the money changers and those who were selling doves.  In verse 13 we read, "And (Jesus) said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."

Did He not speak up?  Did Jesus not declare what was right?  And, what was wrong?  Of course, He did.

Then, in John chapter 8, God's Word tells us how Jesus stood up for the woman accused of adultery.  The woman who the scribes and Pharisees insisted needed to be stoned to death.

Well, okay.  You got me there.  I said He stood up for her.  Because He did.  Even if His body had taken the stance of stooping down to write on the ground.  Jesus replied to those wanting to kill the woman, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her".

If you know the ending, you're aware that the accusers left the area.  The woman and Jesus were alone.

Yes, He had done what He felt was right.  He stood up for her.  Even if she had done an evil deed.  Or so her accusers claimed.  Only God knows for sure, but chances are she was guilty.

Did Jesus speak up on her behalf, just to protect her from being harmed by those who were no better in some respects, than this woman?  No.

We know this, because of what God told us in John 8:10-11, "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

Jesus had done what He felt was right.  He stood up for the woman, protected her from harm.  And, addressed His concern to her. 

He didn't just let her go, to continue in sin.  Absolutely, not.  God cannot tolerate sin.  Not then, and not now.

Jesus made it clear that He had forgiven her, and not condemned her.  And, told her to, "sin no more."

While some people may not like my opinion on things, it won't change the fact that I believe we need to be like Jesus.  We need to stand up for what is right.  Forgive others for hurting us.  And, live in obedience to God.

That being said, I suppose you could say I'm off my speakers box, now.  Hmmm... that reminds me of when I visited Speaker's Corner, in Hyde Park, London, England!

Until next time...

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