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The Politics of Jesus

The Politics of Jesus

Oct 2020 - Nov 2020
Sermons in this series
Sun, Nov 08, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor closes the sermon series, “The Politics of Jesus”, taking his text from Matthew 5: 38-42. There is no more suitable passage to help us through this divisive, anxious period in our nation than this one in which we restudy the teachings of Jesus. The famous Sermon on the Mount gives instruction on what it means to be a Christian. Essentially, believers are to surrender their life to God and follow the Lord’s principles daily. For example, when we turn the other cheek, give generously to beggars, and lend to the borrower we are practicing Jesus’s teachings. These practices may seem passive and even the most faithful may feel inclined to do the opposite. However, to the contrary such a response is an expression of power and a display of Christ-like kindness and patience. Never are we to respond to evil with evil or seek revenge against those with malicious intentions. Christians should always take the high road, not giving in to the tactics of wrongdoers. It is not up to us to fight evil; we are too weak for that. The battle is not ours; it is the Lord’s. Judgement and vengeance all belong to God, and God alone. We acknowledge that God’s power is ultimate, beyond all other power. Fortunately for us we are granted a measure of access to his power in order to do his will here on earth. We recently exercised some of that power by voting our conscience, doing our best to elect politicians who will lead with integrity and a servant’s heart. We trust that the goodness of the Lord will ultimately defeat wickedness and evil. In the meantime, we will be patient, and wait on him.
Sun, Nov 01, 2020
Passage: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
As Christians we should always seek to be inclusive of others by sharing God’s love with everyone. Just in case the state of the nation has caused you to be lax in your inclusiveness, Pastor Victor’s sermon reminds us who we are to love and include as neighbors. By revisiting the familiar parable in the passage, Luke 10: 25-37, we find the answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Let us not only grasp who our neighbors are, let’s use this lesson to become more neighborly by modeling this Good Samaritan.

The very first thing the Samaritan did was he got close to the suffering man. He did not look the other way and put distance between them like the others. Getting close enables us to experience what someone else is experiencing and treat them as we want to be treated. This behavior acknowledges that they too are a child of God, and worthy of his love.

Secondly, he got focused. By focusing we can discover that there is still life and the opportunity to be used for God’s purpose. We must pay attention to what is right in front of our eyes and see what God sees. God does not want us to be blinded and lack compassion for his children. We fail him if we choose to ignore another’s pain.

The good neighbor is also convicted. This conviction moves us to take pity, feeling the same sorrow as the one who is in pain. If the world had more people who could feel and act with empathy, the appalling division we are experiencing could not thrive. When one truly loves God, they love themselves. Love of God and self is exhibited as love for mankind.

Lastly, the Good Samaritan got busy. After assessing the situation, we must take action to alleviate suffering. Whether it is providing first aid, being generous with financial resources, providing sustenance or shelter, that is what we must do. We should not consider getting busy to help another an inconvenience. Instead we are to be grateful that God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing.

Be ready to be a good neighbor to anyone who stands in need. Do not let personal politics confuse you and hinder inclusion.
Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
The United States is just days away from the pinnacle of this unprecedented election season, and this powerful sermon focuses on an obsession with law and order that is pervasive even today. The text, John 7:53 – 8-11, provides an example of law and order that is unjust because there is an effort to enforce it inequitably. Pastor Victor explores the pressing question we want Jesus to answer for us concerning unequal and unfair treatment under the law.

In the passage, the zealous Pharisees ask Jesus a question seeking to entrap him. He initially answers them with silence connoting his disgust with their attempt at unequal distribution of the law. Instead of punishment and penalization of the sinner, and we are all sinners, did they not know that Jesus’s mission is making troubled souls whole? He does not seek to denigrate his own; Jesus wants us to turn away from sin and live full, abundant lives.

Jesus then addresses the aggregated accusers directly. He challenges them to reflect on their own transgressions. Upon self-reflection surely our own conscience will remind us of past wrongdoings, and we will recognize that we are not qualified to judge anyone. No one, not even Jesus who is without sin, can stand in judgement of another. Only God can judge.

Finally, Jesus speaks with humanity to the accused. He asks the woman to identify those who can condemn her. Seeing there is no one she recognizes his grace and mercy. She is more than her sin and she is liberated to move beyond her shameful past with a brand-new opportunity to get it right. Jesus also pardons us through the same grace and the same mercy. He wants no part of the ugly politics of unjust law and order. Christ bent down and rose up to offer us forgiveness and to live a life that honors and glorifies God.
Sun, Oct 18, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Today Pastor Victor introduces to us a new sermon series that is especially relevant in our current environment and situation. The series is titled, “The Politics of Jesus”, and the text, Matthew 22: 15-22, will guide us this fall as we cast our ballots. In this passage we gain assurance that our utmost allegiance is to God.

The question as to whether to pledge our support to a particular political power or loyalty to God may seem perplexing and confusing, but Jesus makes it crystal clear. He does not advocate a split between the secular and the sacred. When we vote, participate in various organizations, conduct our work or serve our community, we must bring our God-conscience along. Every place we are and everything we do is sacred.

There is no need for us to be apolitical, for in carrying out our civic duties and paying our fair share to contribute to the greater good, we are still practicing our faith. We have no need to worry that we are serving two rulers. God is not in a competition with our earthly leaders, nor is he competing with evil. Though dynasties end, and presidencies have term limits, our sovereign Creator’s rule is everlasting.

In this divided nation some may insist that love of God and country must be demonstrated by pledging allegiance to a flag. Yet Christians know that our ultimate loyalty and allegiance is only to our God.

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