I find it a fascinating enigma that some of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day were motivated by the fear of the crowds, rather than the graceful teachings of Jesus. (Matthew 21:26; Luke 20:19) Many of them had become so incredibly agitated by Jesus that they wanted to destroy Him. (Yes, they wanted Him dead.) This kind of hate seems like so many social media posts today, about Jesus and His Church. Be it by ruining His reputation, questioning His teaching, authority, or upbringing. Of course, having Him arrested by the Roman authorities and killed was an option; they seemed very willing, even happy, to accept the responsibility for themselves. See; Matthew 27:16-26, Mark 15:7-15, Luke 23:18-25, and John 18:40. Some would be quite content if we Christians would go away. However, is that true? When there is a disaster like a hurricane, Christian organizations are often the first ones on the ground showing the love and compassion of the Lord to everyone without partiality. (James 2:9) All are given help, for all need help. All who have suffered loss are Imago Dei (image of God).
They are worthy of a relationship and the dignity that comes from being made in the image of God. Regardless of their background, belief, or station in life, rich or poor, when tragedy strikes, all are on level ground. Even the most committed agnostic or atheist will take and be thankful for a hot meal and warm blanket from those who practically show God’s love. I know it seems like the “whole” world hates the Church and those who are part of the universal body of Christ; however, the reality is it is a small percentage of those who hold the microphone, which can seem overwhelming. Could you imagine a global disaster without the Church? I can’t. Remember God’s command to love Him and others will always guide the Church. Jesus said; “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” We should never fear the crowds; we should rise up to love and help them in the name of God. (Mark 9:41, Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:28-31, and Deuteronomy 6:4-5)