After finishing His sermon on the mount, Jesus walked among the crowds of people. A leper appeared from the crowd, bowed before Him, worshipped Him, and said, “If You’re willing, You can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out with His hand and touched the leper, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” The leper was healed.
Wait! What’s wrong with this story?
Jesus and the leper were both Jewish and followers of the Law. Thus, the leper should have been many, many yards away from everyone. His clothes should have been torn, his head bare, his robe should have been held up by one hand to cover his mouth and mustache, and he should have warned all by only saying, “Unclean! Unclean! Unclean!”
Also, Jesus should not have touched the leper because He then would be unclean until sundown or required to undergo a ceremonial washing.
But because Jesus cleansed the leper by healing him, Jesus did not break the Law.
Gays, lesbians, transgenders, and so forth are today’s lepers.
How many times did Jesus rebuke the leper for sinning against the Law? None. Did He refuse to honor the leper’s request because of the man’s sin? No. Did Jesus point out the man’s sin? No. Did Jesus mention He was offended or say something stupid like, “I love the sinner, but hate his sin?” No.
Then, why should we Christian business people act any different than our Lord did with the leper.
You see, we Christian business people need examples of how to win spiritual battles. Who’s better than Jesus?
The #2 Rule in Spiritual Warfare: run toward the battle with healing and compassion in your hearts.
(Continued in Part 11)
5 responses to “Memories Pizza, Indiana, Christianity, And How Not to Win Spiritual Battles (Part 10)”
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this series. You are equipping the saints. Thank you, Mr. Larry , for answering His call on your life. God bless you!
Thanks for your continued encouragement. Although too young, you should have been there for the prayer meeting. You would have doubled the attendance. God bless you.
The two or three gathered in His name comes to mind! Praying that He brings you other amigos or amigas to pray with you!
Amigos or amigas – that’s funny. Thanks.
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