Who are you people?

‘‘ We are those who must withdraw from society in order to survive it,’’ replied Morgan. ‘‘ Like you, we have all undergone a drastic change to everything we know. For many of us, secluding ourselves was the only remaining option if we wished to conduct normal lives. The world does not welcome us anymore, so we have made a place where we can belong, here, together. In this place, far from the cares of civilization, we are safe.’’”

          from “Relentless (Dominion Trilogy Book #1)” by Robin Parrish

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The book is a work of fiction.  It's not about Christians.
It does, however, raise some interesting questions. 
Questions that we should be asking ask ourselves.

Who are these people?

More importantly – are you like them?

The people in the book were those who had been given amazing capabilities.

Like you / me – as a Christian?

Jesus the Way to the Father

Jn 14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jn 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Jn 14:8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jn 14:9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

See the text I emphasized.  People that have faith in Jesus will do even greater things that what He has done.
That’s some pretty amazing capabilities!

The people in the book have undergone a drastic change to everything they knew.

Like you / me – as a Christian?

The Word Became Flesh

Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
Jn 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Jn 1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Jn 1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Jn 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Jn 1:15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

Jesus was the light who came into the world.  He came for all, as we see in verse 7 – 
          He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.
But not everyone understood.
Those that did understand – who are willing to get out of the darkness and move into the light – everything changed.  And they aren’t easy changes – at least not by our own capabilities.  But with Jesus – it is possible.  Too much change for us to handle on our own.

The rest of the world, the ones who didn’t understand – hated the people in the book so much that they felt they had to hide to be safe.

Like you / me – as a Christian?

Mt 10:17 “Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Mt 10:21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

Yes – that sounds pretty bad.  Being arrested.  Being put to death.  Having to run when being persecuted.
Hiding from the world does seem like the “safe” thing to do.

Is hiding the right thing to do?

The people in the book did end up going out into the world – because of the man who asked the title question: “Who are you people?:

Like you / me – as a Christian?

The Great Commission

Mt 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus has already told us to go out into the world.
If we are waiting for someone to tell us that we need to go outside where it may not be safe – we missed it.  It’s already been said!

Who are we – as Christians? 
We are people who have been told, in the words of Jesus to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”.
We cannot do that while hiding in a safe place and never interacting with the world!

The world seems to be pushing more and more for “safe” places”.  Especially on college campuses, where free thought and discussion are supposed to be one of the main purposes of higher education.  But it’s not happening.  The people of the darkness are taking over.  Trying to silence the people of the light.  Making us even more hated.  Moving towards making our speech illegal.  Moving towards exactly where Jesus said we would be – coming full circle back to where it was in the early church.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Jn 17:13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”

Notice the emphasized text.
Jesus did not pray for us to be removed from the world.  
Although – I have to say, there are times when I really wish He would take me home.

 Even as the hatred increases –
even as we wish more and more to hide –
or to escape and go home –
we need to remember that Jesus is praying for us.  

Jesus prayer is –
not that we successfully hide – but that we have the strength (from Him) to continue to do what He wants us to do.
not that we leave the world – but that we go out into the world, no matter how much they don’t want us to.
that we will be protected from Satan while we are out giving the message –
while we remember that the protection is for the long term – not that we live nice quiet lives, but that we stay with Him – for ever, in the Kingdom of God for eternity.

Who are you people?

Who are you?

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