Special Podcast: George Floyd, Social Justice, and the Abuse of Power – How Jesus might react.

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Thoughts on how Jesus would handle the George Floyd situation and Social Justice. 

  1. Love. God so loved the world he gave his only son.
    1. Countless times Jesus is seen as loving. Loving all people. From the worst of sinners to the most rejected people groups.
  2. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
    1. An angry mob came to him and asked what they should do with a sinful woman. Instead of condemning her, like they thought he would, he showed love and grace to her. He caused the crowd to recognize that they too had their own sins and were ultimately no better than her.
    2. Jesus does not justify the woman’s sin. He tells her to change her life and sin no more.
  3. Good Samaritan – Racism has always been around. 
    1. Jesus was a Jew. But the Jews are not the good guys in the story.
    2. A Samaritan shows love to his fellow human being despite their differences. 
    3. This is the beginning of Jesus showing that things were going to change.
      1. No longer was God choosing one race of people.
      2. No longer would he command genocide as a means of ridding his opponents for the world.
      3. Jesus changed everything for heaven and earth.
  4. Jesus would not accept injustice or systemic racism.
    1. He views all people as equal.
    2. God views all people as sinners
    3. He views all people as in need of a savior.
  5. Jesus would not repay evil for evil.
    1. Luke 6:27-29 Love for Enemies 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
    2. This does not mean being silent.
    3. This does not mean not taking violent action against evil.
      1. Everyone knows the story of Jesus flipping tables and driving out the tax collectors. While he had a whip, it was hardly a riot or an angry mob. He’s certainly not looting.
  6. Jesus would exhibit the fruits of the spirit.
    1. Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.
  7. Jesus would focus on the Prodigal Son  
  8. Jesus would speak out against bad government and leaders.
    1. While he was more of a crowd drawer in his speaking of reform, I believe Jesus would denounce people abusing their power. 
  9. Jesus would have been able to relate to marginalized people groups.
    1. Jesus himself came from an oppressed family and his mother was a teen mom.
    2. John 1: 45-46 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
      46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

These are only show notes for the full episode: How I think Jesus might react to George Floyd and Police Brutality. Be sure to listen to the whole episode at: https://bit.ly/30m28ZC

For the previous episode, click here: https://www.zachhaas.com/podcast-episode-5-catchy-worship-isnt-always-good-worship/

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