A thought from Jason
May 20, 2001
A Traitor to Society
What can a man do that issues a threat to the government or society around him? This question has haunted my mind ever since I stepped into a new country and a new continent. I'm in Australia right now, to be specific, I'm in the outback and I have seen some things that have hurt my heart and I'm sure, has grieved Gods heart.
The first day I was here I told God that this trip to Alice Springs, Australia was dedicated to Him fully and completely. I also asked the Lord to show me anything that He wanted and He took me seriously.
The first day I was here, I saw something that still baffles my mind and soul. I walking through a place called the Todd Mall, which is an outside mall, when I saw an aboriginal yelling and being pushed by some Aussie police into a caged vehicle. I've heard many people " in the Alice" here say that the Aboriginals act like animals so they deserve to be treated as such. I've heard some hint and give the impression that they deserve to be thrown out of society, banished to the hills, and beaten to submission. This one fellow that I saw was screaming at the top of his lungs, "Kill me "! Kill me!
I stopped in my tracks watching what took place. He was obviously drunk. Many aboriginals start drinking around noon here because that's when all the liquor stores open. They drink and sleep in the riverbed. They smell. You can smell them coming from ten feet away. They are very violent and loud individuals. Notice what I said; I said individuals. Most around here wouldn't give them that sort of credit.
Now I've come to a conclusion that most people here in Australia wouldn't agree with. How would one dare to hang out with these vile people? Who would dare to wash their feet when they smell and reek of alcohol, dust, body odor and sweat? Who would step into the riverbed and invite them to join with them at their dinner table? The sad thing is that I would bow out at such an opportunity. I can't even look an aboriginal in the face because I'm afraid of giving them a look that would give them the wrong impression that I look down on them.
So the question comes again, who would reach out their hand to such a depressed culture? His name is the most powerful name that ever echoed through any building, church, schoolroom, or government building. His name makes the powers of Satan crumble. His name lights the darkness and sets the captives free. Jesus is the one who loves the aboriginals.
If Jesus came to this place he wouldn't hang out with us, the clean, good smelling, rich people. He would march His way down to the riverbed and the liquor stores to tell them how much He loves them. He wouldn't tell them as much as He would show them. He loves them.
So, back to the man who was crying out to the police officers, what do you think of him? He was drunk. He smelled bad. He caused his own pain, and judgment. Now think of yourself. You have caused great pain and your own judgment, but if you receive Jesus with your whole life, He can set you free.
I don't know if the aboriginal was released from his caged ride to a jail. I don't know what his heart tells him. But Jesus does. Jesus knows everything and He is passionate, dare I say, about the ...aboriginals. I'm thankful that our God does not cast boundaries to what we do or how we act. Because I, above all, don't deserve God's love, but God's wrath. Yet, He loves us so much that He was willing to step into our pitiful, sin stricken hearts and change us to be like Him.
Now I have a question for you, are you casting a person out of your life because they have wronged you or perhaps you just don't like them? Imagine Jesus looking at you right now. A tear runs down is face and He says, " I love that child that you hate". Don't hate, don't ridicule, and don't judge because our Father's passion is to save that which is lost. The aboriginals here are lost; they are oppressed by a society that hates them.
But think, about your own life. Who in your own life is ridiculed, oppressed and shunned. Go to them now and do what Jesus would do. Show them the love of Jesus. Its not how you feel about the person, its how your commanded to do so, because your Jesus asks you to do that very thing. Love those who are thrown away because God didn't throw you away. If your afraid of those who are different around you, chose not to, because Jesus loved you when you hurt him the most. He loves us all and most importantly he loves you.
"By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
We love, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:17
Have a blessed day.... Jason