The Cost of Following Christ – Luke 3:18-20
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:1-22
So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison. (Luke 3:18-20)
In 2013, a lesbian couple went into Sweet Cakes, a bakery in Oregon, to order a wedding cake for their same-sex commitment ceremony. When the couple told the baker, Aaron Klein that it was for a same-sex ceremony, he told them he would serve homosexuals, but that his religious beliefs would not allow him to participate by creating the cake for them. The couple filed a complaint with the Oregon Labor Commission, claiming Sweet Cakes and the Kleins discriminated against them because of their sexual orientation.
Last week, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.
FACT: From the time of John the Baptist to today, our reality is that it may well cost us something to stand for Christ.
I believe that as our culture continues down the road of acceptance and promotion of evil, the Christian community needs to brace themselves for the coming onslaught against us.
But in a way, this may actually be a good thing for the Christian community, as well as the culture in general.
See, it’s hard to differentiate good from evil if everything is considered acceptable. When there’s no contrast, everything looks the same.
When people begin to experience the consequences of their sin, how will they know where to turn if the church looks just like the world?
How can anyone turn to righteousness if the church isn’t taking a stand for righteousness?
Saints, we are the last clarion call for a world that is sliding in the the cesspool, but that clarion call also makes us a target.
But personally, I don’t mind being reviled by the world. My goal isn’t to please man, but to have a testimony with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ… just as John the Baptist did.
I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Luke 7:28)
We can change the world, one life at a time…