Backward verse of the day (#8)

1 Peter 3:9

9Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

On the practical side of backwards theology is how Christians are to respond to the various evils in the world. Jesus was our ultimate example of this, who blessed others while being persecuted and executed. Unfortunately, some have turned even this notion into moralistic religion, assuming that the means to achieving our approval before God is to simply follow Jesus’ example of backwards living.

This is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that we are to place our faith in Christ and receive a purified heart through the Holy Spirit. As a result, we can obey this verse. But if Jesus is merely a moral model, then he is no greater than Ghandi.

Ghandi was quite impressed with Jesus and followed his Everything is Backwards teachings as a form of political empowerment and liberation for his people. Ghandi was a Hindu, but derived much of his philosophy of non-violent protest from Jesus. When asked about his religion, he said that he was a Hindu, but “I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.”

Ghandi unfortunately took this concept and obeyed it apart from the saving faith of Christ, and thus he turned something beautiful and Christ-honoring into a monument to the greatness of man.

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