Jesus wasn’t very nice

An excerpt from an important post at American Thinker by Taylor Day:

“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” —Matthew 5:5

The meek remain one of the most misunderstood concepts in the Bible.  Some Christians mistakenly assume that it means quiet and submissive; however, it is anything but.  Edward Feser, an esteemed modern philosopher, writes:

When Christ said, “Blessed are the meek,” He was using a military term[.] … Strength under control. Power under authority. Formidable determination in the face of the constant onslaughts of the enemy. The humble willingness to do what your Master commands you to do.

The exact opposite of feeble timidity.

Did Christ show mercy and tenderness?  Of course, but those characteristics are already overstated. “Be nice” has become quite a false idol of comfort.  Jesus also had convictions and a faith that He was willing to, and did, die for.

That is the essence of virtue that is lost when Christians (especially their leaders) submit to social justice.  It doesn’t mean that every Christian should be preoccupied with righting every wrong.  Seeing someone cut in line at Macy’s during the Christmas shopping season could probably be ignored.  But when ostentatious Hollywood liberals attack you for attending church and following a faith that they deem an “anti-LGBT hate group,” it is righteous to hit back.  Like Jesus, carry a big sword but know when to unsheathe it.

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” —Matthew 10:34

Merry Christmas!

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