He’s not one of us!!

I was reading Luke 9 today & got to verses 49-50. This isn’t a great theological post or anything but simply some comments & questions about these 2 verses:

“Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”

“Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”

What would this look like in our day? The drunk guy on the street corner preaching in the name of Jesus? The lunatic doing the same? I wonder if instead of shunning them or making fun of them or even wishing they weren’t there “damaging the name of Jesus” we should pray for them & that something they say would provoke thoughts of Jesus in someone’s head, plant a seed, and for them to come to know Christ personally. I bet God isn’t intimidated by those people. Just a thought.


5 responses to “He’s not one of us!!

  1. Don

    In fact I bet he loves them just like he loves us! Its such a strange notion isn’t it, that with all of the people Jesus chose to speak to in the bible (usually the ones having the most trouble, the prostitutes, the out casts, the beggars) many modern day christians still seek to distance them selves from the very ones He would have embraced.

  2. Hi… I missed seeing you this weekend.
    Have a great week!

  3. “I bet God isn’t intimidated by those people.”

    You said it!

  4. mo

    wow. I don’t necessarily think of the drunk or lunatic (well, maybe lunatic), but there are definately times I’ve been upset about people damaging the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus. You’re right though – those are times for prayer, not bitterness.

  5. Yeah. Are we against those who are “for us”? What if our “mature” judgements on them do more damage than their, sometimes, immature passion does?…
    Thanks Ruth!

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