WHY’RE WE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM, WAS JESUS A FREEDOM FIGHTER ?

Yes, Jesus was and as the people of God, Our sense of justice is imparted to us by our Creator God. He is loving, kind, and merciful and He is also righteous, holy, and just. God is just. It is part of His character, which means He is always just. He cannot be unjust, and He defines and sets the standard for justice in heart of all men

Selling a human being. Harvesting human organs for sale, corruption, genocide, embezzlement, insecurity, Abusing a child. Abuse of human right, and Stealing from a widow, etc. Most, if not all of us, would agree that using force or fraud to exploit the vulnerable is evil. We carry within us an innate sense of right and wrong, a conviction that oppressors should be punished and the weak protected.

We want justices. Justice in its simplest form, means to set things right. Yet, how do we know what is right? Who defines “right”? Is it society-at-large or the culture we live in? Is there a moral law that we inherently know to follow?

Social justice is “promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity”. On one hand that sounds fine, but looking deeper, it is rather vague and can lead to many different conclusions about what justice really looks like.

In contrast to social justice, which focuses on a temporal view of addressing injustices in society, biblical justice starts with the eternal in mind. It starts by seeing people as God sees them – recognizing that we are all created in the image of God.

And it is incumbent upon Christ-followers to pursue physical and spiritual freedom for the oppressed so others can also become what God created them to be. If we have experienced freedom, how can we not pursue freedom on behalf of others?

Jesus came from a poor family who were probably illiterate and yet were also strict Jews and observers of Jewish law. Jesus was born in the normal way and grew up under the Roman occupation of Palestine, which was seething with revolutionary fervour.

He was himself caught up in this fervour, largely under the influence of John the Baptist, who combined religion with politics and was leading a political movement as well as ‘preparing the way of the Lord’ by his preaching.

John was in the tradition of the Essenes, and proclaimed a coming ‘Messiah’ who would not be offering spiritual redemption from sin, but political deliverance from the Romans which would in turn lead to the ‘kingdom of God’, God’s righteous rule on earth. Herod Antipas, the Roman puppet ruler, considered him a threat and had him executed.

After John’s death, Jesus began to capture the imagination of the people. He was not only a successful political leader, but also earned a reputation as a healer and a miracle worker. His followers were a revolutionary band of which Peter was a member.

When Peter declared that Jesus was the ‘Christ’ / Messiah, he did not mean that he was a divine figure, but the promised Davidic king who would be anointed with a mission to free the Jewish people from oppression and usher in the kingdom of God. Jesus’ preaching was subversive saying how God would change the world order.

His rebellion reached its climax with his entrance to Jerusalem, which was a bid for power and a challenge to Roman authority. The Jewish zealots were on his side, and his attack on the Temple was the beginning of the uprising, aiming at the Roman occupation of the Holy Place.

The Romans decided to take Jesus off the streets and had him crucified under the brutal governor, Pontius Pilate, as was their way of dealing with dissent. Those executed were left on the cross, as a deterrent against any would be followers who might want to carry on the rebellion.

Could you imagine how your, Leader might react if someone were to say to him, Your worship is pointless. You’re totally off track, That’s what Jesus said to the religious leaders in His day in Mark chapter seven.

They pointed their fingers at His followers and said to Him, “Your disciples aren’t honoring the traditions of the elders. They don’t follow our ceremonies and ways!” Jesus returned fire by saying “YOU are the ones who are unclean!

You don’t keep God’s commandments, you throw out what He says and push your own agendas. Your worship is in vain!” Have you ever known people who push aside what God’s Word teaches and push their own agenda?

And they teach it as if it were the Gospel! Jesus said that their worship is in vain. How do you know whether or not you are being taught the Truth? How do you know that what you hear in the pulpit or see on T.V. or in the prayer meeting is God’s Word? Furthermore, how do you know that your worship is following God’s pattern and is not in vain?

Friend, there is only one way you can know, you must get into God’s Word and read it for yourself! Too many people have fallen for Satan’s lies because they don’t know the Word. They haven’t hidden it in their hearts so that they can recognize error when they hear it. God’s Word will help you to recognize the truth, and your worship will not be in vain.

One day there will be perfect justice, carried out by a perfectly holy and just God. In the meantime, evil is pervasive throughout our world. Children are sold into sex slavery. The poor are beaten and forced to work without pay. Human trafficking or modern-day slavery continues in every country, city, and community. There are more than 35 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in history.

Can we, the Church, lead the way and pursue justice on behalf of the oppressed, the widow, the orphan, and the enslaved? If we know the One who is completely just, should we not lead the charge? YES!

Fueled by the compassion of Christ, we engage in issues of injustice – protecting the vulnerable, fighting for those held in oppression, walking alongside the wounded and pointing them to the One who heals, restores and redeems.

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8 comments

  1. Intriguing post. I tend to follow the ideal that when someone chooses evil actions. Does you dirty however you want to state it, that it’s always best to wash our hands clean and put it in the hands of god. Revenge is for the weak.

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    • The deference between revenge and revolution

      1. Revenge _ is an Action of harming someone in return for an injury or wrong

      2. Revolution _ is a fundamental and relatively sudden change in political power and political organization which occurs when the population revolts against the government, typically due to perceived oppression or political incompetence

      Revenge is to say ‘an eye for an eye’ or ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ to refer to the idea that people should be punished according to the way in which they offended, for example if they hurt someone, they should be hurt equally badly in return.

      But REVOLUTION is to REFORM, As a lack of human rights that are manifested in the daily lives of people in the society. The quality or fact of being unjust; inequity regarding fair play especially in social and economic treatment of workers. A situation in which the rights of a person or a group of people are ignored

      On the other hand, social injustice is also the way unjust actions are done in the society. Social injustice occurs in a situation where the equals are treated unequally and the unequal is treated equally. The commonest examples of social injustice in a typical African society include discrimination and that usher in revolution in cure

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      • I hear you- you’ve got your head on straight. Right on.

        The phrase “social justice” and “social injustice” are really politically loaded now. Basically, the right wing folks think those are bad. SUPER bad. Some of them think even just plain justice is bad now, aka “the law”. I think the transition happened after they assaulted Washington DC, and killed a cop. Or maybe after a few of their QAnon bozos murdered their own children, so that “the Satanists” couldn’t get to them. Still, if you want to reach out to conservatives, I would say use different language than “social justice”. (Then again, they are so far gone it probably won’t matter.. youre going to be their enemy anyways.)

        Anyway, I just came to mention this quote of Adolf Hitlers. (I’m Jewish- and not really a fan of his.):

        My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. …Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross. …
        – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

        Lets try to avoid this sort of horsecrap again if we can. Thanks!

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