Unrighteousness is being aggressive. Evil is on the march. The world, the flesh, and the devil are having a field day. What should God’s people do?
A lot of people who call themselves Christians disagree with Scripture’s answer to that question.
In most cases, this aggression takes very specific forms. A new city ordinance discriminates against churches and makes it impossible to do ministry. A perversion of sexuality has become acceptable and local authorities insist that it be taught as the norm in schools. A decent public figure with traditional values is being targeted by wicked people and slandered. The list is unending.
Many calling themselves followers of Jesus Christ would say, “Organize! Confront! No more Mister Nice Guy! Take the fight to the enemy!” “Show them you can be as mean as they can!” “We have the power of God on our side!”
“After all,” they will say, “Jesus took a rope and cleansed the temple!” “Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.”
When God’s people begin name-calling, verbally attacking, and using the world’s methods, eventually someone will get a gun and go calling. In recent years, we’ve had extremists in the pro-life movement shooting up abortion clinics and murdering doctors.
Never mind replying that “You and I are not Jesus” and “Neither are we Old Testament prophets.” He has not sent us to do such things.