Here is a post I wrote on our Church blog at Freegracefresno.com
Jesus says “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51).
After discussing how sin reveals itself in social structures I discuss the way that Jesus calls us to stand against the current around us. But that is still expensive. How could anyone be joyfully willing to pay that price?
“Here is the good news. Every other group that demands your allegiance will take advantage of you. They will use you for their own ends. They will expect you to sacrifice yourself for the good of the group. But Jesus is different. Just before he says that he did not come to bring peace, he says this, “I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished?” (Luke 12:50). What is this baptism? It is referring to his death on the cross (Mark 10:38). Every other group is a kind of vampire. They will use you for their own ends. And if you fail them, they will disown you. But Jesus, the only one worthy of your complete devotion, laid down his life for yours. And he had to do that because of your misplaced loyalties. And it is this love and sacrifice that is the power that moves us. It allows us to suffer the loss of relationships, respect, and approval that comes from standing with Christ against the world.”