As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! Galatians 5:12
What did the Apostle Paul say? In another translation “emasculate” means “to mutilate, or “to go the full way and cut off (you know what).” Paul sounded irate at those false teachers who gave such importance to circumcision, and in so doing were creating more mischief to the churches of Christ than anything else. When we are passionate about things that are of importance, we literally feel the same anger as God feels towards sinful things. Have you ever felt godly indignation?
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Racism and injustice is one of those hot and steamy topics these days. What are Christians to do about it? It is not godly to retaliate but we feel this anger rising in our hearts because of the injustices in our society. It has been seven months since the death of Mr. George Floyd, and the world has taken part in several protests. With the many changes I have witnessed in my workplace, in my union, and especially with the Canadian government, I would say the voices of the persecuted are being heard. Yes, it will take decades to transform the minds and hearts of these racist people and unjust institutions. And in the meantime, Christians are allowed to express godly indignation to the way we feel. I would go as far as to say it’s good for our mental health.
I’ve been part of a few work learning sessions, one in particular, Racial Trauma, Towards Understanding and Resilience, was held by the Ministry of the Attorney General. The speaker, Ms. Donna Anderson, RSW, was phenomenal in the way she explained the trauma that comes from racism. Many people bottle their feelings and show up to work in the name of resilience, and it is taxing to our mental health. After a while, we experience burnout, headaches, withdrawal and a myriads of other psychological effects. I am simply saying, sometimes, we have to speak up about what we are feeling.
Paul spoke up and said, “I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!” He was tired of listening to these false teachers saying nonsense about circumcision as it pertains to Christ and the church. They were not benefitting the teachings of Christianity, and were causing more divisions than anything else. And Paul said, enough is enough. Why should he pretend that what they were saying wasn’t affecting him? In the same way, we ought to stand up for justice, for the poor, for those behind bars, for the homeless, for those who are mourning. Take a stand for something we believe, and stop with this neutral, indifferent attitude. What do you care about? Certainly, Jesus Christ cared about every challenge that came before him in his society. Did He not provide more wine at a wedding? Did he not feed thousands of people because they were hungry? Did he not heal the sick? Did he not care for children? Christ was a man who walked this earth and saw similar injustices as we see daily, and He did something about it, every day.
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So, Christians, what are we doing to take a stand against injustices in our society? Is there anything you feel godly indignation about? Then, do something about it. It’s not enough to just go to work and come home. It’s necessary that we take action by being a voice for those who are voiceless. We have talents and gifts that are as different as each one of us are. And it is so important that we use the little that we have and take a stand for each of our brothers and sisters. For the sake of Christ Jesus, I implore you to take a stand in the name of justice. In the words of Mr. Mahatma Gandhi, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”