“Political language,” George Orwell once said, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
Many echo Orwell’s skepticism toward politics and its practitioners. When politicians slam their lecterns and promise a cessation of taxes, many roll their eyes. Politicians, after all, are well known for saying one thing and doing another.
And they aren’t the only ones.
Our suspicion of speakers often pours over onto Jesus.
“Sure, Jesus says love your enemy,” we say. “But when he says that, he isn’t talking about loving my boss. My boss forces me to work Sundays and keeps me away from my family. Jesus would know that my boss is a bad person. He would excuse me from being nice to my boss.”
Just like we believe politicians don’t truly mean what they say, we become doubtful of Jesus. But, as Pastor Foley points out, Jesus isn’t just human and so his speeches aren’t just speeches. Listen to Pastor Foley’s sermon to learn what makes Jesus’ speeches different:
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