The humiliation and shame they made; with their own hands, mouths, and other objects of adoration.
Digging traps for others to fall in to, selling access to buildings dedicated to God, instead of spreading God's forgiveness and spirit.
They accused, tricked, abused, and acted in other Non-Golden Rule Behaviors.
Some accusations [Luke 7:31-35], they made in front of others, include:
- Being a pleasure-seeker.
- Friend of tax collectors and sinners.
They acted in hypocritical ways as they tried to bring him down! [John 8:1-11, John 8:32-39, Luke 12:1-2, Luke 6:41-46, Luke 13:11-17, Mark 7:5-9, Mark 12:12-17, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18, Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 23:1-39]
They tried to make him afraid. [Luke 13:31-33] But he knew what was coming.
And they succeeded in bringing him down…
He Knew It Was Coming
Down to the grave! Beaten to a pulp with whips, humiliated in many other physically painful and mentally painful ways, and impaled with metal spikes to a wooden cross. He was beaten bloody and not recognizable. Many tears were shed over his death.
But the story has an awesome ending! God gave Jesus the ability to overcome death and Jesus' spirit/soul (not exactly sure) healed his physical body and went back inside of it; he came back to life! That physical body of his will never die again. For infinity.
Call God, Jah if you like, call God Jehovah, I have my favorite names for God and I understand you can too. :-) Jesus also goes by many names like Yeshua, Isa, Truth, Amen, Alpha, Omega, Beginning, Ending, and many more!
Good News. Hard News.
That of course is the good news but there is some news that can make folks feel uncomfortable. Loving in times of Hate. Standing up for the weak. Rescuing from the Oppressor(s). Repaying meanness with kindness.
You, as someone who recognizes the failures of absolute prohibition, will be — or are — the target of those who wish to enforce absolute prohibitions.
They will associate you with many unsavory and unflattering things. Ignore the shame they throw with their mouths and motions. Yes, what they say hurts and stings, and gives them temporary titillation, but the pain will pass. The shame is from them, it's theirs, and will go back to them. [Proverbs 26:2] Repay meanness with kindness. [Matthew 5:33-48]
Pray to be strong while you're being belittled. Pray in your mind, pray for blessings. Take the Counselor's advice and pray for people who mistreat you, persecute you, try to hijack or wreck your character and life. [Luke 6:27-36]
Pray for concentration and focus to find the things Jesus advises in the Gospels.
Hebrews 12:2-3, attributed to Paul, contains:
[Look] to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. [Consider Jesus, who endured much antagonism, so] that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls.
The cross as a method of execution was like how some of our laws are now, meant to be deterrents, containing harsh penalties meant to cause pain and suffering in both the victim and those associated with the victim. Except that being nailed to a cross meant a long painful physical death, 100% certain. U.S. drug laws seem to mainly inflict long painful social destruction, with a lower death-rate than 100%.
The religious hypocrites of Jesus' day attacked him and had many accusations against him.
Many accusations from the prohibitionists are here now and are being reused from ages gone by. Ignore them. Like Jesus said, if they treated him that way, they most likely will treat you that way too. [John 15:20]
Jesus advised us to pick the log out of our own eye, before we presume to take specks out of one another's eyes. [Luke 6:41-42, Matthew 7:1-5]
Try to be a light to them by exemplifying love, and the ability to reason and discern nuance versus ham-fisted over-generalizations and escalating violence. Don't give your pearls to pigs and don't give things that are holy to dogs. [Matthew 7:6] Be clever, yet innocent. [Matthew 10:16]
I pray you have the strength to endure and repay meanness with kindness.
In the name of the Almighty.