In ancient times political rivals would often simply murder each other. It may have occurred even in our politics, but the jury is still out on that. What is for certain is that many of our political candidates are murdering each other with words. In my opinion, slander ought to disqualify a candidate for office, or certainly gain him or her very few votes. But alas, that is the state of our country. We allow and even seem to enjoy slander.
In Luke 13:31-35 Jesus is told of a threat from Herod, a brutal politician who even murder family members to protect his position. Herod also wants Jesus’ blood. Jesus replies that he will keep on schedule today and tomorrow, and the next day. He was not going to cut and run away from a death threat.
Are we Tempted to Cut and Run? Many of us would be tempted to disappear, but not Jesus. His answer was to outline his schedule and say that he was sticking to it. This reveals the deep commitment and courage of our Savior. While Herod described himself as a lion, Jesus put it in eternal perspective as a mere cowardly fox chasing baby chickens. Do we have the courage to endure even though we know that impending events will bring certain death? Which popular celebrity, political candidate or billionaire can you name who is willing to go to the cross for you and me? We only have one Savior, Jesus.
Why does the Media Bully Christians? The powers that be do not like the Gospel of Jesus. Herod Antipas was a political bully who threatened the life of Jesus, like a fox threatens a hen. And like a hen gathers her chicks, Jesus longed to protect his people, but they were not willing. Harassment of Christ and the bullying of those who come in his name are normal. After all, Jesus would not favor ignoring the human rights of the unborn, and he would encourage showing mercy towards the poor and legitimate refugees. Jesus said that Jerusalem would not see him again until they say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Those who preach what Jesus Christ said should expect a rude welcome from politicians and the media. How do we in the church treat those who come in the name of the Lord?
What did 3 blindfolded men see? 3 men were blindfolded and asked to touch an elephant. One touched its trunk and said it was a snake. One touched a leg and said it was a tree. One touched its tail and said it was a rope. Only when the blindfolds were removed did they see the whole elephant. Some people see Jesus as a threat to their religion. Some seem his message as a threat to political power. Others see him as a meal ticket and treat him and his church as prey. But those who see him as he really is, the healer of all humanity are willingly gathered together by Jesus Christ as a hen gathers her chicks. Do we see all of Jesus?
This story is about 3 Wishes, a Fox & a Hen in the original Greek. The first was Herod’s, who wished to kill Jesus. The second was Jesus’, who wished to embrace Jerusalem like a hen gathers her chicks. The third was Jerusalem’s children, who wished not to be embraced by Jesus. Jesus said that Herod was a fox. Predatory leaders of industry and government may threaten us, but cannot do what God will not allow. A fox threatens us even today, but God is in control. A predator only see little ones as a meal. Jerusalem’s chicks did not wish for the hen’s protection. Do we think that a fox has our interests at heart or will we gather under Jesus’ wings?
Jesus does not see the weak and needy as outsiders, but as chicks to be gathered and protected. The predators of our world see Jesus and his methods as a threat, because they only care for themselves.