I heard some wise words on a Podcast earlier today. Essentially, they went something like this: “Be for the people Jesus is for.”
That immediately prompted a question: “Who is Jesus for?”
If I read my Bible correctly, Jesus in the Gospels was for the lowly outcast shepherds and the ragtag poor fishermen who became His disciples. He was also for the rich young ruler even when he couldn’t bear to part with his riches to follow Jesus.
Jesus was for women during a time when they were viewed as little more than property and had little to no rights apart from those that came with being a wife and mother.
Jesus was also for the religious leaders– even the ones He was most blunt with. He was for every single person He ever met during His earthly ministry.
How do I know? Because the Bible says that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. Period. Not a certain kind of lost, but all the lost.
The Bible also says that God is not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance and faith.
So is God for Democrats AND Republicans? Yes. Gay and straight? Yes. Black and white? Yes. Gentile and Jew? Yes. Agnostic and church-goer? Yes.
God is for them all.
Does that mean that if God is for me that He automatically gives a blanket endorsement to everything I do and say? No.
While Jesus was for people, He still called them out for their hypocrisy and lack of compassion. He told the woman caught in adultery that He did not condemn her but also to go and sin no more.
That means that God is for us in the sense that He wants us to become our truest and best selves. He wants us conformed to the image of Jesus, the God-man who was the perfect reflection of God and the perfect representation of humanity.
God is for the people you like AND the people you hate. God is for conservatives AND liberals. God is for Donald Trump AND Joe Biden. Best of all, God is for YOU.
PS I’m not saying that you shouldn’t speak out against policies and actions that you don’t agree with. What I am saying is that you need to remember that all these people are made in the image of God and to denigrate them and call them names is to insult their Maker. God is for them as much as He is for you.