Tearing Down Old Regimes

by Cindy Phillips

by Cindy Phillips

Regardless of what side of the issue you stand on, you have to admit that there are many people in Matagorda County who feel strongly about the White Stallion Plant’s possible opening.  You can see the voices of the masses evidenced in the yellow signs scattered throughout the county.  It is without question that people are passionate about their take on this issue.

So, what do we do with our opinions that we hold so strongly to?  What is the godly thing to do?  If the community you are living in is not healthy, then what should your role be in trying to bring healing?

In the days of Jesus, these same questions existed, and many people overlook the fact that Jesus stood strongly in the face of such public political decisions.

The Jews had their religious regiment that they forcibly held the general public to through scare tactics and guilt.  The Romans took over the Jewish nation and treated them with disdain.  The disdain was returned heartily I must add.  Jesus’ world was a mess when he arrived as an infant born into chaos.

As He grew, the governing powers each took their stab at him as often as possible.  First, Satan tested Jesus, then the Pharisees and teachers of the Law tried constantly to trap Jesus in what he said so that they would have cause to arrest him.  Lastly, the Roman government got involved and eventually, with heavy persuasion from the Jewish religious leaders, killed the Son of God.

Jesus was not killed because He was a nice guy that did good things.  He was killed because He was trying to tear down the old regimes of corruption and intimidation.  He wanted to replace the worldly kingdoms with His Kingdom of Heaven.  It was Jesus’ political message that got Him killed.  In fact, Jesus said this:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

What? Really?  The “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) claims to be the harbinger of war?

Check it out.  He really did say that.  What He understood is that there will always be old regimes.  There will always be people who hold so tightly to the way things have always been done that they won’t be willing to release those things for the sake of what is right.  Some people may think that what they are doing is right, but, as a popular poster online claims “Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stupid.” This mindset will make it extremely difficult to have peaceful significant change.

I’m not here to take one side or the other on any issue in this article.  What I am saying, however, is that we should be on the side of integrity and truth and the pursuit of righteousness.  That means that we should also be about seeking healing in our communities.  Trust me; if they rejected and killed Jesus, do you think that those who are stuck in their traditions will treat you any better?  They may not kill you, but some people are very fond of the way it’s always been done.

Bay City and Matagorda County are at a crossroads in their collective history.  It is a time where cultures have shifted, and the old traditional ways of doing things may not work any more.  We are seeing evidence of this in many places.  we, as Christians, are called to be a part of our communities bringing healing and help.  We are NOT called to be the loudest whiners.

Jesus didn’t stand on the corner and bellow about how bad things were.  He forgave the adulterous women.  He turned water into wine to keep a groom from disgrace.  He touched a leper.  He got on his knees and cleaned the dust and manure off his disciples feet.  He bled and died.  His example is one of actions and not mere words.

Christianity should be about seeking right – in churches, schools, jobs, communities, and wherever you are.  You have a voice.  You follow Christ.  You can transform your area for good if you follow the steps of Christ as you move and not just talk.

There will be backlash.  Jesus foretold it.  But the Spirit inside you will keep you strong as your love motivates you beyond fear and intimidation to do what is right in spite of what is popular.  I’m right there with you.  Let’s stand strong together in the name of right and integrity and love and even peace – in the name of Jesus.

By the way.  Jesus succeeded.  The Kingdom of God is here now, and will be established forever because Jesus refused to give in, and God honored that.

As always, may you be blessed, and if there is anything I can do for you or pray for you, please let me know at 245-1611 or at jddobbs@verizon.net.  “Be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7).

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About Johnathan Dobbs

I'm a Christian first. I'm a husband and father second. Then I am an avid outdoorsman (hiking, camping, climbing, canoeing, fishing, etc...). Right now, I have a passion for climbing and card tricks. I am the minister for the Aztec church of Christ in Aztec, NM. I look forward to meeting new people and hearing from all. View all posts by Johnathan Dobbs

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