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Did Jesus want us to be against our parents and children?

May 21, 2009


34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

We have to take everything in context. The context of this chapter is Jesus telling his disciples that they will suffer persecution. In light of this he says that he has not come to offer peace but a sword or a divider and love for him must super-cede love for family and friends. In the US this is sometimes hard to understand because our culture was built on Judeo christian ethics, but think of a muslim who converts to Christianity. His family may very well hate him for it, maybe even cut him off, or worse, persecute him. Is this a reason not to follow Christ? What if the whole community turns against him, should he deny Christ then?

Jesus is stating that we cannot let family and friends keep us from Him. Of course we are to honor our father and mother as well as love our neighbor as ourselves, but this is never to be taken to the point of disobeying God. Therefore, we must be willing to give up associations that lead us away from Jesus.

Now this isn’t to be taken to the extreme either. You don’t cut yourself off from your family as if you were joining a cult. Rather Jesus is saying that because you follow him some people, even those closest to you, might deride or persecute you and we have to be willing to endure it for his sake.

“A servant is not greater than his master” John 15:20. He was persecuted and so will his disciples. If we truly love him we will endure.