I was working out and listening to “Gravity” a music album by Lecrae. The song “Violence” was playing and I was into the rhythm, curling the barbel in time with the song when these lyrics that I had heard countless times before stood out to me:
“Plus, we get bombarded by all these images of bravado
You ain’t really a man if you don’t follow these models
But the weakest ones follow, the strong reconsider
You can forgive much if you understand you forgiven”
These lines aren’t the only ones that hit hard, this CD has so much truth packed into it; but think about those lines. How many of us are listed among the “weak”? How many of us Christians merely “follow” the mindset of the day without reconsidering how the accepted norm lines up with the teachings of Jesus? For example, my
son was reading in his history book today about William Penn and the Quakers. He told me that the Quakers believed that it was never right to kill someone and followed it with, “That’s crazy! Who would ever want to be a Quaker, Dad? Sometimes you have to kill someone, like a crazy man who has a gun.” I proceeded to challenge him to think of a time when Jesus killed anyone or advocated killing. His eyes floated to the upper corner of the room as he was trying to run through what he knew of Jesus and His life. I explained that Jesus tells us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hurt us and treat us bad. I ended the lesson as he gave me a stare that said he was trying to parse it all and told him to finish reading his history.
So often we just follow, unquestioningly, the things that are accepted norms. But this makes us weak as it’s the strong that reconsider. It’s the strong that forgive as Jesus forgives.