To the Editors
I don’t think you understand what is really going on. This is worth a deeper look. All across his country we have preachers who want to be editors. But Jesus himself refused to be an editor. Nor did Jesus send out 12 editors, but 12 apostles. “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” (John 12:48-49). Jesus’ opinion mirrors the Father’s, by choice.
Jesus was trying to please his “fan base”. His fan base is one, the Father. The Father’s opinions rule the universe and then some. No editing needed. Therefore Jesus faithfully repeated the Father’s opinions, sayings, words. They crucified him for it, they hated him for it. “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7). Jesus knew that if he didn’t edit out some of the Father’s opinions, the world would hate him. He chose not to be an editor. Therefore they hated Jesus and killed him. But the Father was pleased. Jesus loved the people who hated him, and so taught the apostles to do the same. Many of the apostles were killed because they too refused to edit the opinions of Jesus. But they too loved whom they disagreed with. Jesus’ opinion’s rule the universe, and beyond (Matthew 28:18-20).
As we read the Bible we all must become editors in someway. We will either edit what it says, or we will edit our lives to conform what it says. You have a choice. I want to encourage you to edit your life, not his words. I am still editing my life to match his words. Each time I remove something evil from me, I’m surprised by the inner joy it brings. Some of the members of the church at Corinth had also edited their behavior. Note the phrase “such were some of you” in the following passage.
Unedited-, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Corinthians 6:9-11).
How about that, “Such were some of you”! But they no longer practiced immoral behavior, in all its various colors. They were now honoring God. “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1Cor. 6:20). Now it’s our turn to do the same. Dan Peters