Just my opinion…
“The flip”… when what is said is 180 degrees different than the intent of the heart—he may act like a really “nice guy”… but, when the pressure is turned up… he’s really not.
Today we’re hearing more of… if Christians would just be more… accepting… embracing of the world’s ways… compassionate… loving… the world would be saved (Revelation 12:10)!
I’m not saying we’re not to be involved in growth of the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ… but, God the Father… Jesus Christ… the Holy Spirit—the Gospel of Jesus Christ—being a Christian—are not shameful. The Christian offers what the world cannot—the Life of Christ… the Holy Spirit. So… it’s hard hear… we want your charity… but, leave your faith at home (John 6:26-27).
When Jesus walked the Earth… from his own words, who could we say had great passion for the poor—so much so… he made Jesus look somewhat “uncaring and selfish” (John 12:3-5)?
His name was… Judas… the son of perdition.
Judas really didn’t care for the poor. What he cared about was… the money box (vs.6). He proved so when he eventually betrayed Jesus for silver coins.
Think about it… Satan did not initially present himself as a dragon trying to destroy Eve in the Garden. He probably seemed like a really “nice and caring” character only interested in Eve’s interest… so much so… he “seduced” Eve into believing that God was the “uncaring and selfish” one keeping her away from “wisdom to make her like God”—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He conveniently withheld the truth that… Eve already had access to the Wisdom of God—the Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:13-18).
Satan and Judas gave us a peek at the spirit of antichrist. They may seem to be “for us” until… they prove “they’re not” (1 John 2:18-19; 1 John 4:1-3)—that they’re just in it for the… “power of the money box”. All while they cast the “true and faithful” Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, as… “uncaring and selfish”.
What separates the spirit of the world from the Spirit of God?
The world believes they can… the Christian knows they can’t eradicate… poverty… hunger… the world’s ills (Matthew 26:11)—it’s a fallen world under the power of darkness… the god of this world… Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4). Christians can share the hope of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) as they provide the cup of cold water (Matthew 10:42; Proverbs 14:31; Isaiah 58:6-14)… and, while doing so, grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (learn to operate more by the power of the Holy Spirit of God). This is what “divides” (Luke 12:51-53)—we no longer act because someone prods us through a guilt trip… but, we act as the Holy Spirit directs us.
This is the challenge—if the Holy Spirit is healthy and growing in me (see the essay… Fill ‘er Up), I’ll be directed wisely… and, if I listen and act… I’ll be led further (Mark 4:20-25). If not… I’ll be left to fend for myself relying on the “world’s wisdom” that pushes me to cure the world’s ills (Luke 21:34-36)—that my perfume (my worship—my attention) is sold to be used for “feeding the poor”… and, not completely lavished on God. If I give my perfume to Jesus Christ… through His Spirit… I’ll be moved to show compassion glorifying God (Matthew 5:16; John 15:8; John 15:5; John 5:19-20). If the Holy Spirit is the glory of God (1 Peter 4:14), how can I glorify God if I don’t let Him direct my work through the Holy Spirit? And, when the Holy Spirit is shunned or neglected… the attention seems to turn to the… money box… all under the cloak of… “caring for the poor”.
That I choose wisely what I do with my “perfume”… I mean… who I serve (Luke 16:13; Proverbs 3:13-14; Proverbs 8:10-11,19,34-36)!