Read Luke 11:37-54
I just read a blog this morning that a friend posted, and it convicted me. It fits nicely with my recent posts and I felt it was relevant with the recent political issues.
When missionaries travel to foreign countries, their fist order of business is not to change the laws of the country. If they change the laws, but neglect the hearts of the people, what have they really changed? Jesus did not look to affect change by speaking with the caesar or meeting with Herod.
He loved everyday people. Even when he confronted people with their sin, He loved them. When He met with the Pharisees, He knew their deeds were within God’s law, but their hearts were not right with God.
Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” – Luke 11:46
The Pharisees kept the law and imposed it so strictly that they did not love people. They hated all people who were not Hebrew and even within the Hebrews did not look favorably on those who sinned. Jesus had a very strict judgement for them.
“Woe to you experts in the law because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” – Luke 11:52
By working to change the laws, Christians are imposing a strict set of values on a lost world. Even if it works and Christian laws are passed, they have put Christian values ahead of Christ.
This principle is just as relevant in America as it is in foreign missions. By pointing out sin to homosexuals, abortionists, criminals, alcoholics, drug addicts, or any other marginalized group within society, we distance them from Christ.
We must first love the sinner and meet their needs. Christ will do his work once you have introduced them to His perfect love.
We cannot change the world through legislation, but each of us has the power to affect change one sinner at a time. In the words of the Beatles, “All you need is love.”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:43-45a