Jesus is not a Nice Guy

I am indebted to Professor Mark Moore of Ozark Christian College for the title of this post. Moore says it at around 19:45 of this sermon, and prefaces the statement by saying that he has already gotten in trouble for saying it. Of course, he goes on to explain what exactly he means by it.

As is my custom on my way to work, I tuned in to R.C. Sproul’s Daily Message in his radio show, Renewing Your Mind (Sproul is another one who would probably agree with Zacharias’ assessment of the American church).

Dr. Sproul’s current series deals with the Holy Spirit and today’s particular message is titled “The Anointing of the Seventy” from Numbers 11.

In brief, God anoints 70 elders from Israel to aid Moses in his ministry. The 70 are called to stand before Moses to be anointed by God, but 2 of them [Eldad and Medad] miss the ceremony and remain in the camp, though they still receive this anointing.

So Eldad and Medad, while still in the camp, start prophesying. A young man hears them and rats them out to Moses. Joshua, Moses right-hand man, suggests that Moses “restrain them.”

As I listened, I was reminded of a similar episode which occurred during Jesus’ ministry.

John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.”

But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.

For he who is not against us is for us.

Mark 9:38-40

The last sentence caught my attention. Jesus says the same thing, but in the negative, elsewhere in response to Pharisaical blasphemy,

He who is not with Me is against Me. — Luke 11:23

As we saw when President Bush used the above phrase (please understand, in no way am I comparing the President to Jesus), the phrase is not a popular one in our current culture and with good reason.

Is the phrase divisive? Yes

Is it something that the soft, fluffy Jesus dwelling in the minds of many would say? Absolutely not

But is it true? How can it not be when the One who said it is the Truth?

This is simply another example of how Jesus is not a nice guy.

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