“Impeachment” is a dangerous word in light of our current political environment. Before I proceed, I think a definition is in order. According to Merriam-Webster, to “impeach” is “to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office.” Those who are pursuing the impeachment process against our President are suggesting he used his position to pressure a foreign leader into investigating the relative of a political opponent, in order to alter the outcome of an election.
It is not my desire here to suggest guilt or innocence in the case of our President. However, the present debate led me to an interesting observation. While Jesus isn’t a public official, He is a ruler. If we claim Him as Savior, He is Lord of our lives.
We would probably never openly attempt to bring impeachment charges against Jesus. After all, we don’t want to cast our lot with the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law who hounded Jesus during His ministry and eventually succeeded in having Him crucified. But consider these possibilities:
We might accuse Jesus of misrepresenting the challenge of the Christian life. We like to know Jesus is on our side, and evoke His name to sell everything from exercise programs to time shares. But we resent Him when He calls us to set aside sinful behaviors or make significant sacrifices.
Yet, He said… “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.” (Matthew 18:9) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Why are we so surprised?
We might accuse Jesus of overstepping his authority. We are thankful He has authority over sin and death and offers freedom from both when we accept Him as our Savior. But since we possess a free will, we don’t want Him telling us what to do. After all, this is our life, and we can do what we want.
Yet, He said… “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
Why are we so offended?
We might accuse Jesus of selfish ambition. We crave adoration, so why should we live for His glory when there are so many opportunities to take personal credit for the things we do in His name? Could it be Jesus is only concerned about Himself?
Yet, He said… “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) And again, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18)
Why are we so reluctant?
We might accuse Jesus of mismanagement in regards to His church. Christians are not perfect. Sometimes the church fails to reflect the character of Christ and behaves in ways that are contrary to His teaching. Shouldn’t Jesus do something about the hypocrites who wear His name?
Yet, Jesus said… “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)
Why are we so self-righteous?
Jesus never promised us our walk with Him would be easy. He is the King of Kings, and when we give Him full reign of our hearts, His lordship comes with expectations. In spite of our struggles, Jesus will never stop loving us. He took on the form of a servant and incurred the cost of our sins, so we could escape spiritual bondage. Now, His power is seen through flawed, redeemed sinners who make up His church on earth.
No, we would not want to be accused of impeaching Jesus. But if we call Him Lord while looking for reasons to deny Him access to our hearts, is He sitting on the throne or knocking at the door?
We can’t have it both ways.