A certain picture of a shoe repairman is circulating on the web which is making fun of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; I suggest all saints of AHF Philippines to stand on guard and don’t let the world desensitize your view of the Lord; for what this picture depicts is mockery, blasphemy and to this picture, The Bible states:
7 You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain
In the guise of wittiness, we mocked the sacrifice of Christ. There is nothing witty, funny or hilarious about the passion of the Sinless in order that we be freed from the curse of the law. I find His sacrifice sacred and I revere that moment since I was changed by His love. To say that there is nothing wrong with it, it’s all fun is to shine our own failing as His ambassadors. We have been desensitized, licentious and have a hit a plateau in our walk with the King. If I may suggest, let us read the gospel, watch the passion once again then let us check this picture and see if anything is wrong with the message it sends. The passage below would tell us everything we ought to know:
1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus was lashed, beaten, broken, crucified, died in order to save us all; not to be a witty slogan by some guy who desires his picture to be posted; to sell shoes and move for publicity. I wonder where our reverence is, I wonder what we are learning in church, have we grown deeper in Christ or have we fallen into the world once more; is the sacrifice of Christ not real enough to us all that we are okay with this? Or has our belief been tainted; has our walk been but a masquerade? Do we stand to worship or to mock? My heart bleeds to see Christ degraded in such a manner- is this to be our response to His great faithfulness, His amazing love; His amazing grace?
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.
By liking this picture, by standing for it- we are the like the ones who casted lots for Christ’s garments, we are like the ones who mocked and laughed as our King bled on that cross; we are like the men who nailed; beaten and crucified our Lord.
Upon posting a responses to the said picture, we have been met with defense idealisms from fellow believers, seminary students and pastors- stating that it is just a picture, reposting does not entail one to stand with the contents of the said material, let us watch the feelings of the people who posted and so on and so forth.
The problem with christianity today is that; we are happy with the cute, fun loving christianity we have been peddled – no more rebukes, hating sin, movement for sanctification since we find a whole list of justification to give reason to our action. We can smoke, drink, curse, make a display of anger, talk ill of our brethren and mock our Savior; but it’s alright- God’s grace is sufficient. We stand for licentiousness, nothing more- we corrupted the purity of our belief and we wonder why we are made fun of by other belief, creeds and even those who lack a belief. We desire not to be a Christian the way Christ wanted us to live, the way Paul rebuked, the way John encouraged. We want our own take on the subject, our own version- thus a tailor made Christianity is what the world adheres to; no proper response to His greatness for in the end we worry about our feelings instead of God’s sacrifice. We try not to step on toes since we fear losing people, but friends I tell you- worry not for their feelings but be concerned for their souls.
Friends, I pray that we break away from this sorry theology, break away from this idealism and focus on the sacred sacrifice of our King, focus on His tender mercies and His loving kindness. Don’t corrupt its purity by standing with such mockery. Friends, I pray that before we repost, like or even react to the said picture; let us take a moment to think of the repercussions this post could entail- will it edify the brethren or would it stand as a stumbling block; will it glorify God or would it scoff and mock Him? We have been asked to Glorify God in all we do; thus it is not fitting for us to post, repost or like such filth. Let us not justify this picture or defend a weak idealism that is but a dead cause. Let us not become wise in our own hearts that we forget the wisdom of God instead let us continuously ask for wisdom and discernment in all we do; ask God to help us respond to His greatness with reverence, love, filled with wisdom and a contrite heart. In Jesus Name Amen!