Pastor’s Pen: Christ divides families

When you spend enough time with a group of people they become just like family.

When I first moved to Evart, actually Marion, I lived with a family from our church for two years. They became just like family to me. I still consider them family and enjoy going to a race with them every now and then.

Another family has me over to their house for dinner every Sunday. I don’t even knock before entering their house anymore. I have several stories similar to those. The people at my church are like my family. I want to please them and I want the best for them, as anyone would want for their family.

But that happens in other groups as well. Someone who grows up in a gang considers the members of that gang to be just like family. They spend time together, help each other out and want what they consider the best for each other. But what if one of them becomes a Christ-follower? What then? Well, they would no longer threaten people, stab others, sleep around or steal. They wouldn’t want to be involved in the same things as their family. They now have another purpose. They would still want the best for their family, but the “best” would have a whole new meaning.

In Luke 12:51-52 Jesus said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.”

Is Christ being mean? He wants families to be divided? No, He doesn’t want them to be divided; but they will be.

Just like that one who left the gang is now divided from his family, when one gives all to Christ he or she is easily divided from their family. It isn’t just the difference between robbing stores and working to give to the poor; but a life fully committed to Christ versus one that is a casual Christian.

There are many so-called Christians, like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, who will think a loyal Christ-follower is too fanatical. The fact is that Christ wants all of your desires and all of your life to be fully devoted to Him. Where does your loyalty lie? Be certain it is with the King of king.