Figment Jesus

by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng | June 19th, 2018

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Figment Jesus

by baldilocks

Folks keep telling me that Jesus the Christ would never sep­a­rate fam­ily mem­bers. Really?

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at vari­ance against his father, and the daugh­ter against her mother, and the daugh­ter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not wor­thy of me: and he that loveth son or daugh­ter more than me is not wor­thy of me.

– Matthew 10:3437

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon

the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gath­ered all nations: and he shall sep­a­rate them one from another, as a shep­herd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left

– Matthew 25:3133

Then there’s the Para­ble of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13.

When­ever some­one talks about Jesus the Christ allegedly not being in favor of sep­a­rat­ing fam­ily mem­bers, regard­less of the con­text, that per­son unwit­tingly reveals that she is using a false Jesus to make her point.

And the only point she’s reach­ing for is this one:

To shame you into chang­ing your opin­ion or into shut­ting up. It’s another rev­e­la­tion – no pun intended.

Those of us who have read, reread, stud­ied, med­i­tated on, and applied the Word of God to our lives are mostly immune to these attempts at shame. I, for one, laugh at them.

If we Chris­tians have one cri­te­rion to get to God and be with Him for­ever in the next life – sub­mit­ting to Jesus the Christ and Lord and Sav­ior – then God is our sole audi­ence and what­ever we think and do is for His perusal and judg­ment and His alone.

Oth­ers can guess for them­selves whether another per­son belongs to Christ or not, but there is an objec­tive yard­stick with which to mea­sure that own­er­ship. (And, yes, if you are a Chris­t­ian, then Christ owns your car­cass and that which is con­tained therein.)

Any­way, I can­not find an explicit or implicit indi­ca­tion of this rah-​rah Team Jesus, phan­tom Uniter-​not-​a-​Divider that peo­ple keep con­jur­ing. There­fore, when oth­ers use this Fig­ment Jesus to point their grubby fin­gers at you in accu­sa­tion, their opin­ions and con­clu­sions about the “qual­ity” of your Chris­tian­ity are worthless.

But you knew that already.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Folks keep telling me that Jesus the Christ would never separate family members. Really?

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

— Matthew 10:34-37

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon

 the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left

— Matthew 25:31-33

Then there’s the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares in Matthew 13.

Whenever someone talks about Jesus the Christ allegedly not being in favor of separating family members, regardless of the context, that person unwittingly reveals that she is using a false Jesus to make her point.

And the only point she’s reaching for is this one:

To shame you into changing your opinion or into shutting up. It’s another revelation – no pun intended.

Those of us who have read, reread, studied, meditated on, and applied the Word of God to our lives are mostly immune to these attempts at shame. I, for one, laugh at them.

If we Christians have one criterion to get to God and be with Him forever in the next life – submitting to Jesus the Christ and Lord and Savior – then God is our sole audience and whatever we think and do is for His perusal and judgment and His alone.

Others can guess for themselves whether another person belongs to Christ or not, but there is an objective yardstick with which to measure that ownership. (And, yes, if you are a Christian, then Christ owns your carcass and that which is contained therein.)

Anyway, I cannot find an explicit or implicit indication of this rah-rah Team Jesus, phantom Uniter-not-a-Divider that people keep conjuring. Therefore, when others use this Figment Jesus to point their grubby fingers at you in accusation, their opinions and conclusions about the “quality” of your Christianity are worthless.

But you knew that already.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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