The Centrality of Jesus and Being Marginalized

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Been maligned and marginalized?

You aren’t the first, nor will you be the last. It feels something like this. It’s when:

  • We’re misunderstood, accused and unappreciated .
  • Our best efforts in love are suspected as being a manipulative ploy, because of our track record.
  • We are continually measured by old standards of performance, reaction, and “predicable” outcomes.
  • Our friends and family are unable to leave us free to make the progress we know we need.
  • The ugly reality is that in order to feel good about ourselves we often resort to maligning and marginalizing others. So it’s come back to bite us as well.

    Oh well. Self-defense is RARELY the hill we want to fight on. Let it go.

    Our defense is in the most maligned figure in human history – Jesus.

    Though He died well over two-thousand years ago, the malignation toward Him swells around us at an alarming pace.

    This actually serves us well as His followers. It defines the issues, evaporates lukewarmness and reveals something that His maligners despise – that His was THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVER LIVED.

    It’s really a backhanded, unintentional affirmation of His pre-eminence. Otherwise culture would have forgotten His name long, long ago. Even if just a curse phrase, He is not forgotten.

    Instead, He is still the ultimate POINT OF REFERENCE. A glance at your calendar makes the case – 2013 years from what? (a point scientism is trying its hardest to erase insisting on the CE/BCE designation).

    But one thing will always stand: “He has been given the name which is above every name…” (Philippians 2:9)

    It’s Gods way of riveting our focus away from self unto where it belongs – Christ, the center of ALL. (Ephesians 1:9-10).

    So what if we are maligned and marginalized. Let’s get over it and make a STAND.

    For Him.

    I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history“. – H.G. Wells

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