To be a follower of Yeshua is to opt for a life as an outsider. The Gospels record the crowds that came to hear Yeshua preach and teach, but they were always eager for the miracles. The Gospels also report the times when the crowds faded away, each time after the teacher said something too hard to accept.
We are called in America to be offensive to most Americans, because most Americans do not do the things Yeshua did. Far too many of us who attend church regularly have bought into the consumerism gripping this country. Rather than spend our money to help the poor, the sick, the defeated, we buy the newest HHD TV and the newest car we can afford.
It’s not just consumerism. Many are convinced that controlling the government is the way to properly follow the Messiah. The danger is in believing that a particular official will do God’s work while in office. We forget that our protection and salvation lies with God alone.
In Matthew 10:16, Yeshua told his disciples, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. NIV We have come to expect that doing God’s work in this world is more like sheep among sheep. We see no reason why non-believers should criticize us. We are the elite, the special ones of God.
We count ourselves children of God, forgetting that will come in the new life. For now, we are students, little more than slaves. Our inheritance will come in another existence.
Be righteous and do good.