Jan. 7, 2021

Jesus Way: Nonresistance

 

“My kingdom is not of this world…” John 18:36

“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:49

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” Proverbs 16:32

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you." Luke 6:27-30

“not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

(Wednesday 1/6/2021)

In searching Scripture and praying about the bizarre events of this day in our nation’s capital, it all boils down to the same conclusion I’ve come to at other times. Whether a “protest” is violent or non violent, it is still resistance. It is the seed of a thought, a behavior. Therefore, what you resist will persist.

I always wind up realizing that the Narrow Way of Jesus Christ is not of this world, yet it was the way He lived in this world. If we have been claimed for His kingdom by His blood, then neither is resistance our way. He was always about His Father’s business. Are we who lay claim to his name also about our Heavenly Father’s business, as those adopted heirs and joint heirs in Jesus Christ, in Whose likeness we’re being restored?

I do not think nonresistance has ever been tried, at least not consistently. But it has always been mocked. There has always been resistance and continuing resistance begetting more resistance, whether violent or nonviolent, from peaceful protest to war. Back and forth the conflict goes for millennia! This may be why countries that are overtaken by fascists never break free of them. Because the beat of war drums goes on; the plotting and protesting goes on; so the oppression continues. It keeps growing into a bigger monster because it is being fed. But God is never brought into it by nonresistance.

It’s natural law: what you sow, you reap. So if you sow resistance, you’re going to reap resistance. This is what 1 Peter 3:9 is trying to tell us. It’s not possible to curse and bless at the same time. When we’re resistant even in attitude, eventually it shuts off the blessing God intends us to have.

Yes, Scripture does say to “resist” the devil. (James 4:7,8) Yet in the very next thought, James makes it clear that we do this by drawing near to God! 

Could it be that we’re being severely tested along this line?

Jesus was not a zealot. He did not plan to deliver the Jews from Rome. Therefore, He was hated by the Zealots and their puppeteers in the Sanhedrin. He won freedom for Jew and Gentile alike  - from sin and its wages death, self, and the authority of Satan - by shedding His blood, the price of our ransom. It is for THIS freedom that Christ set us free, and it is the only freedom that can be lived no matter what the political circumstances are. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. His liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Evil can only be overcome with good. This is what He taught and lived, since evil has its source far deeper than politics and fighting back on a physical level. And good has its source in God, Who reigns over all, to Whom we must always be drawing near, God Who reigns from the highest Heaven over “the heavens” and earth.

So much of what was televised today, in what became a sham and a disaster in Washington D.C., was supported by people praying, raising crosses, blowing shofars, and claiming to do this in the name of Christ. They may have meant well, but they have no knowledge of how things actually work in “metaphysical synergy”. That’s what it could be called as a big part of what our Messiah, the Son of God, actually taught and exemplified. These are the laws of sowing and reaping, of reciprocity. Thoughts, words, deeds, behaviors are seeds put out that return a harvest. 

To our peril, this wisdom has not been passed along much in today’s Christianity. But it is found throughout the Scriptures, for any who will ask for wisdom. It’s especially richly supplied in the Sermon on the Mount (Mathew 5,6,7).

But was any of this event really of Christ Himself, or was it of the political Jesus created in the image of a zealot who storms the city with both violent and non violent resistance and intent? If this is the case, then His name has been taken in vain. It is idolatry. And it will fail. No matter how often it is attempted.

Is this defeat God’s way of prying the idol of patriotism, politics, and politicians out of our hands? If only we would ask, seek, and knock for the answer! It might surprise us, and knock us off our pride perch too. Sometimes He has to knock the props right off our stage so we realize we’re not the star of the show. Pride in any worldly thing is idolatry, and it always goes before the fall.

I keep wondering if this is the light bulb moment type of epiphany needed by the American church. Resistance begets resistance. To bless and to be a blessing is to sow and then to eventually reap a harvest of blessing. This is the Narrow Way of Jesus Christ. To resist and curse or to bless are therefore both acts of creation. The question is, what is it that one seeks to create? Do we like what’s been created so far? It does not appear so. 

The fruits of resistance are certainly seen now all over the nation and the world. This is not the Narrow Way of Jesus the Christ. 

What we need to realize is that nonresistance is not passivity (and therefore that pejorative “pacifist”) but instead it is active receptivity to the power of God.

There are much higher laws than the Constitution that need to be learned; therefore, perhaps it’s time to set our minds on things Above.

 

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