do you go after the rapist or the rapee?

Say your teenage cousin got raped while she was wearing a short skirt hanging out with the wrong crowd. Would you go after the rapists or just give her a lecture about the clothes she wears and who she hangs out with? Anybody with any common sense would do both, right? Give the lecture to your cousin with compassion, then call the police and go after the criminals so they don’t do the same thing to someone else.
Jesus preached repentance from sins, liberty, opening of prisons, healing of broken hearts to the poor and oppressed. But He also exposed the hypocrisy of corrupt powers, because they had more responsibility than the weak. His attitude was harsher to those that had more responsibility for society.

 

Jesus never advocated physical rebellion against authority or physical violence. However, He did oppose the corrupt powers of the day with his mouth, with His preaching and teaching. He knew that He was Lord, not Caesar. That’s why He got killed. First century Christians also understood this. That’s why they got killed too.

 

If you are constantly confronting the oppressed and the poor, but have nothing to say to the oppressors that set things up and control the society, you are barely a man, let alone a man of God. It’s like spending all your time beating down on the broken-hearted because you are scared to spiritually confront the deceptions of the devil.

 

So the next time you are angry that a movement of “queer women” has the loudest voice against 3 centuries of brutality… ask yourself why  “strong Christian men” have been weak, scared, and have refused to obey Proverbs 31:

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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