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.”
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)