Jesus came to make us choose sides.
He didn’t come for us to choose Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Socialist or Tea Party.
He didn’t come for us to choose a denominational doctrine of Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, or Lutheran.
He didn’t come for us to choose our educational side of public, private, or home school.
He didn’t come for us to choose sides with people, He came so we can choose sides with Him.
To choose Him will break peace—as humans see peace—just getting along.
Choosing Jesus over a relationship that doesn’t honor God will break a heart and get someone mad at you.
Choosing Jesus over politics will always turn some away.
Choosing Jesus over religion will make some angry and even cause war.
Choosing Jesus may divide us, but following Jesus will show that we are for them.
Choosing to follow Jesus will lead you to do what is best to restore people back into a relationship with God.
It will lead you to love other the way Jesus has loved you. It will lead you to forgive others the way God, in Christ, has forgiven you.
It will lead you to serve others the Jesus has served you.
It will lead you to want others to have peace with God so much that you won’t compromise what you believe about who Jesus is and what He has asked you to do when you follow Him…
To love others the way Jesus has loved you.
The cross is the most divisive symbol in the world. Yet, it is the the reminder of what God did to bring true peace to all who believe and trust in Jesus.
“I came to set fire to the earth, and I wish it were already on fire! I am going to be put to a hard test. And I will have to suffer a lot of pain until it is over. Do you think that I came to bring peace to earth? No indeed! I came to make people choose sides. A family of five will be divided, with two of them against the other three. Fathers and sons will turn against one another, and mothers and daughters will do the same. Mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law will also turn against each other. Jesus said to all the people: As soon as you see a cloud coming up in the west, you say, “It’s going to rain,” and it does. When the south wind blows, you say, “It’s going to get hot,” and it does. Are you trying to fool someone? You can predict the weather by looking at the earth and sky, but you don’t really know what’s going on right now. Why don’t you understand the right thing to do? When someone accuses you of something, try to settle things before you are taken to court. If you don’t, you will be dragged before the judge. Then the judge will hand you over to the jailer, and you will be locked up. You won’t get out until you have paid the last cent you owe.”Luke 12:49-59 CEV