Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Christian ≠ Coward

Yesterday I wrote about our call as Christians to be humble.  In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us the meek inherit the Earth.  In another passage we are told to turn the other cheek.  Our Savior and most of His disciples were put to death without resistance.  So its no wonder that some make a correlation between us and the proverbial doormat.

But in my lesson to the Upward Soccer team the Instructors Guide correctly points out that Christ embodied both the most humble and the most authoritative titles in human history.  Perhaps that is one of many reasons He is often illustrated in Scripture and the Lion and the Lamb.  Perhaps that is why Scripture tells us to be as sly as snakes but as gentle as doves. 

It (like the Starburst commercials say) "is quite the contradiction" from our limited point of view.  But it makes perfect sense when you begin to understand who we serve.  The most powerful being in existence that has chosen not only to create us but desire a relationship with us.  A God who chose with His own free will to make other free willed beings in His image.  Not just to observe them but to interact and even DIE for them.  All that power and might willingly pushed aside for an even greater attribute...mercy & love.