As I sit in a world filled with political correctness, and with people trying to be tolerant and accepting of everyone and everything, I've been thinking about how radical Jesus is and was. Jesus always swam upstream. He never went with the flow.
Jesus was God's answer to humanity's desperate need for salvation. Yet, even as a babe, delivered in the most humble of ways into a world He owned and created, Kings felt threatened by Him.
Can you imagine the amount frustration that the Apostles might have had? At this very important meeting, Peter's frustration showed, as he was trying to get them to understand that it was Grace through faith that saved man, not all the laws they kept insisting upon. Peter said, "God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” (Acts 15:8-11)
So, if they were that frustrated, can you envision Jesus' frustration? He had traveled the countryside performing miracles, healing the sick, making the lame walk, giving sight to the blind, and yet, the Pharisees and Jews that were threatened by Him, refused to believe who He said He was.
So, what did Jesus do? Did he take the PC way and say, "It's okay. You have your right to your own opinions. We should all just live and let live. Let's all just get along." Hec no! He got in their faces and said, "Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!" (John 8:43-45) Yeah, He was frustrated! He spoke how I speak to my children sometimes in moment of frustration where I say, "What language do I speak in that you do not understand, "pick up your toys!" If you're a real Mama, I know you know that level of frustration. Jesus did, too. He didn't mince words. In fact, He went further. He told them that they 'belong to the devil'. Yikes! Strong stuff!