As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous — not even one.’ — Romans 3:10 (NLT)
I must admit that this topic is close to home. I have been – and still am to many – unacceptable. Perhaps that is why I find so much comfort in my faith.
You see, our faith demands that we follow Jesus. We think like Jesus, we speak like Jesus, we behave like Jesus. We are called to allow the Holy Spirit in us to be stronger than the longing of our soul, which craves and is depraved. The soul demands the desires of the world, with its greed and its lust and its pride and its ego. But the Spirit pulls us in a different direction, and asks us to seek the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness – the right way of doing things – above all else, and to adopt the attitudes of Jesus, the Beatitudes.
It’s a battle, a battle that we fight in the world, but we rely on Spiritual armour in order to have any chance of winning. How is your battle? We are surrounded in the world by those who display their greed and their lusts, their pride and their ego as a badge of honour. The world tells us there is nothing wrong with wanting more, and to want it now, and when you have it to boast about it and shout, “look at me, look at how successful I am.”
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik-Tok and all social media outlets present these displays in ever increasing variety and quantity, encouraging us to compete for attention. Be careful what you post on Facebook, it presents a biographical display book of your inner life to the world, displaying what you like and what you think, your opinions clear for all to see. Twitter, what can I say? It it for twits? Some well-known people of the world have been banned for constantly posting misleading and often outright false messages, that even Twitter had to admit that the content was not suitable for its audience. But what about the rest? Be careful what you read and what you believe. Instagram, instant photographs, instantly shared, instantly insistent on parading online; a perfect platform for the proud. And Tik-Tok? Tick-tock, life is ticking by, why waste it on the virtual world when there is a vast and varied real world out there, vying for your attention.
Of course, there are positive aspects to all these platforms, but as with anything, it’s a double-edged sword. Is it helpful or harmful? It is your choice in how you interact and engage that determines the answer.
And with all these platforms, there is a polarisation of opinion. The unacceptable are not ‘liked,’ the unacceptable are rejected, the unacceptable are ignored, the unacceptable are suppressed.
What did Jesus do? He accepted the unacceptable, He invited in the left out, He loved the unlovable, He reached out to the unreachable, He forgave the unforgivable; He would eat with those who He shouldn’t even meet, He fed the hungry; He released the captives, He delivered the possessed; He moved the mountains, He calmed the seas; He healed the sick, He raised the dead, He rose from the grave. And He’ll be back again.
If we have a Christian faith, then this should be how we behave too. We must accept the unacceptable. We must accept them unconditionally. We must accept them as they are, perhaps full of flaws, faults and failures. Because, after all, as Scripture says, we are all the same.
No one is righteous.
My pastor often likes to say, “you’d be surprised who you will meet in heaven!” And then he often adds, “you’d be surprise who you won’t meet too!” Are you in, or are you out? Do you truly follow Jesus? Do you accept the unaccaptable?
May we pray: Thank You, heavenly Father, that you accept the unacceptable. Thank You that you accept me, even though I am not righteous, but you accept me as I am. Help me, also, to accept the unacceptable. I ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling with acceptance or being accepted right now, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone – Jesus accepts EVERYONE, regardless of race, religion, colour, creed, sexuality or sin. After all, He accepted me, didn’t He? May God Bless You.
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