Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 14 Tishrei | October 2022 - Page 21
The primary question to ask ourselves is : Are we in need of a Gospel Check ? The Gospel ( Besorah ) is Good News , but it is not a political party , it is not culture wars and it is not shunning , judging , or condemning others . It is God ’ s kindness that leads us to repentance ( Rom . 2:4 ). God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world , but to save the world through Him . ( John 3:17 ) Let us consider how Yeshua dealt with sinners . Yeshua graciously offered living water to the Samaritan woman at the well , a perpetual adulterer . ( John 4 ) Concerning the woman brought to Him caught in the act of adultery , He said to the Pharisees , “ Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her .”
And to the woman He said , “ Neither do I condemn you . Go now and leave your life of sin .” ( John 8 ) Yeshua also took compassion on the father struggling with unbelief who had a demon-possessed child , and healed the boy . ( Mark 9 ) He even had grace and mercy for the thief on the cross next to Him . Yes , a criminal . He said to him , “ Truly I tell you , today you will be with me in paradise .” ( Luke 23:43 ) Are we treating others as Yeshua did ? He , of course , acknowledged any sin but He consistently had compassion upon others and showed them the way out of sin and into salvation . It is also interesting to note that Yeshua did not go after Caesar nor the governing bodies , but rather after the religious leaders for their hypocrisy .
If we are pushing people away from Yeshua instead of drawing people to Him , that is our problem , not their problem . Paul even talks about a distorted gospel . In Galatians he says : “ I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Messiah and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all . Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel .” ( Gal . 1:6-7 ) Furthermore , it says in James , judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful . Mercy triumphs over judgment . ( James 2:13 ) If we are to bring people to Yeshua , we must conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel , ( Phil 1:27 )
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