by: Gracepoint Church
The pressure to relent or just go with the culture had to be intense for Jason. We know very little about Jason in scripture. We know that he lived in Thessalonica based on Acts 17. We also know that he was moved to action by Paul's gospel of grace message. He was willing to house and protect Paul from the angry Jews.
In a world where there wasn't any social media, Paul's message traveled. Acts 17:6 says "And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also:" The Jewish leaders were aware of the impact of Paul's message. Paul had just journeyed from Philippi in his first journey into Macedonia which is modern day Europe.
Notice the response "Turned the world upside down". The Jews believed that Paul's message was reversing the natural order. His message was opposite of what they thought was truth, thus his message was turning the world upside down.
Today's culture is filled with people who believe that everything is right side up. They think we're headed in the right direction by being progressive. Abortion, pedophilia, same sex marriage, transgender are just a few things that the world now accepts as right side up.
The hope this world has is in Christ and the finished work of the cross. Trust me when I say that the moment you take a stand for the gospel of grace message, people will think you're turning the world upside down. The world and even most of Christianity hates this message. The truth is that the world is already upside down. Only the true gospel can begin the process of turning the world right side up.
We've been given the ministry of reconciliation (II Cor. 5:18). Will you join me in sharing the light of the glorious gospel of Christ to see all men saved and come to the knowledge of the truth? This is how we turn the world right side up.