Somewhere in the past, the United Methodist Church elevated “playing nice with others” to the highest call of the Gospel. Even with Jesus saying the most non-PC thing ever… “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division…” (Luke 12:51), we somehow decided that this meant we should act like we agree.

I am so tired of this. The Gospel call is clear. In Luke 4, verse 18 and beyond Jesus reads and says, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

This is not politically neutral work. It takes a side. It rarely/never sides with power. Caring for the poor, prisoners, disabled, oppressed means you are opposing those who want/need people to be this way. People don’t need to be poor. Someone wants you to be poor. The system they serve enriches them. And serving this system is part of Satan’s work.

But this could be the year of the Lord’s favor. You could get down with being unfit for this kingdom and instead work for the Kingdom Jesus ushered in. In fact, after reading the scripture above, Jesus then said, “Today the scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” By 8 verses later, his OWN PEOPLE tried to throw him down a cliff.

Taking a stand for Jesus kingdom isn’t going to make us friends, not if we are doing it right. We are in for a fight.

If you hate homosexuals, if you think we need more prisons, if you think the poor make themselves poor or helping the poor is ‘someone else’s job’, you missed the Gospel message. And I’m not out to harm you, but no more lying. Jesus isn’t asking us to be nice with fellow so-called believers, but to get busy with the Gospel work. And I’m not asking you to go to hell. I think you are already there. Repent, and believe the Gospel.