About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Women in the Me Too
Movement tell men, and rightly so, not to view them as sexual objects to
exploit. I certainly agree
with that. It would, however, be nice if the women within the movement would tell their sisters to stop
dressing, or should I say undressing, themselves in sexually provocative
clothing. Such enticing
explicit exposure of the female body does nothing to advance the cause of
the Me Too Movement.
Our culture tells
us, and I agree, to protect our children from unnecessary sexual exposure.
It is only appropriate, then, that the promoters of pride protect
their children by leaving them at home during pride parades that celebrate
a Mardi Gras style open sexuality before the virgin eyes of their
It is clear to me
that our culture is schizophrenic. On
one hand it tells men to cool their sexual impulses while on the other
hand it stimulates their biological inclinations with erotic images.
The world of advertising, for example, knows how to arouse the
attention of a man. Sex does
I agree with the
apostle Peter when he warned his audience to rescue themselves from their
corrupt generation. Acts 2:40
other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, 'Save yourselves
from this corrupt generation.'"
How one saves
himself from his corrupt culture is seen in Acts 2:38.
Peter said this:
replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit.'"
According to Peter,
the way in which one escapes his cultural clutches is to repent of his own
personal corruptness, trust his life with Jesus as is displayed in being
water baptized, and receiving the Holy Spirit into his very being.
generation believers, and Jesus too, focused their attention on preaching
the gospel to individuals within a corrupt culture.
They did not attempt to Christianize their cultural environment
through political or revolutionary means, even though Simon the Zealot,
one of Jesus' disciples, would have preferred a violent overthrow.
They realized that an overthrow, or even making a few tweaks here and there to
clean up an immoral culture, would never succeed.
Instead, they provided a counter-cultural alternative in which one
could live after escaping the grips of their culture.
I believe that the
apostle Paul had the ability to take the political route in an attempt to
reform the Roman Empire, but he didn't. In obedience
to Jesus, he preached what he called "the foolishness of the
cross." 1 Corinthians
message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of
The New Testament
does not teach us to Christianize a corrupt culture through political,
revolutionary, or legislative means. It
does not teach us to carry signs of protest as we march on our capital
cities. It teaches us to
Christianize corrupt individuals within our corrupt cultures.
We do so by both proclaiming and living the cross of Christ, which
Paul, in Romans 1:16, said is the power of God unto salvation.
It is this salvation that provides a counter-cultural alternative
to corrupt individuals in a corrupt culture.
I conclude by
saying this. Jesus did not
sacrifice His life to save your nation.
This Biblical truth has been consistently ignored throughout the
history of what has been commonly called church, and it is still being
ignored today. Jesus
sacrificed His life to rescue individuals in your nation from its
schizophrenic, even satanic, corruptness.