Are We Really Different From Judas?
It is so easy to point fingers at Judas, Peter and the crowd at the Passion and look down on them and feel superior. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether we are really any different. Sure we haven’t received 30 pieces of silver but haven’t we often sold Jesus out for other reasons? Maybe we gone against his teachings to fit in, to be accepted, for prestige or to get ahead in the company.
Are we not like Peter when we fail to stand up for Christ on the issues of the day? Are we often silent on issues related to traditional marriage, cohabitation, pornography, discrimination and economic justice? We don’t want to offend the crowd or stand out. Are we not more worried about what people will think than how our cowardice hurts Jesus again? How many times have we kept our mouths close about the trash on TV or the immorality of the latest # 1 movie? We don’t want people to think we are old-fashioned?
Have we really stood up for Jesus on any issue unpopular with modern society? Have we risk rejection by people because of our standing for Jesus? How often? How can we point the finger at Judas or Peter when we are also lacking in courage and corrupted by a desire to fit in and get ahead? Are we really willing to sacrifice for Christ or do we just want to fit in and get ahead?