Summary: Isn’t it time that we come down, humble ourselves before Jesus, and accept his offer to become our house guest like Zaccheus did?
THE HOUSE GUEST
There was a man in the city of Jericho that must have been a lonely man. He wasn’t popular at all, in fact most of those who knew him, and nearly everyone in the city did, would have nothing to do with him. He was looked upon as a traitor to his fellowmen and as a collaborator with the enemy.
The biggest problem that he had was that he had no integrity at all. His life was spent pursuing only one goal – to make his life as comfortable as he could, and to be a survivor. He didn’t care whom he hurt in the process, and he trusted no one. In turn, no one had any feelings of affection for him and most literally hated him for all the pain that he brought to his own people.
Do you know anyone like that?
During WWII there were many who would do whatever it took to survive, even if it meant collaborating with the enemy. Sometimes they would do whatever the Germans wanted in order to keep a semblance of normal life, but they would quickly change sides if the Germans were driven out of town. The problem was that there were many people who refused to do the bidding of the German Army, no matter what the cost. These people had integrity and conviction, and they knew that they would never surrender their freedom and never sell out to the enemy of their nation.
Many of those who remained steadfast in their opposition to the Germans suffered untold agony and many were transported to labor camps and death camps and were never seen again. They chose to give their lives for the cause of freedom rather than to live comfortably under the boot heel of tyranny.
More recently, I will never forget, and honestly I still have a hard time forgetting the fact that, while 58,000 American soldiers were giving their lives in the jungles of Vietnam, and something like 3000 of them were suffering depravation and torture in the prison camps of North Vietnam, there were collaborators that traveled halfway around the world, voluntarily, to support our enemy.
One of the most notorious, Jane Fonda, claims to have become a Christian, and for the sake of her soul, I hope that’s true, but I still refuse to watch her in a movie, or to hear anything she has to say, because for me personally, and for millions of men and women who did their duty, and especially for those 58,000 men and women who will never have the chance to live life to its fullest, what she did deserved the highest punishment that we can give.
There have been a lot of people, throughout history, who were traitors and collaborators with our enemies, and they have either been sentenced to long years in prison, or they have paid for their crimes with their lives. To me there is no excuse for being a traitor, and no amount of repentance, and no excuse can ever repay the damage that is done to those who suffer even more than necessary because of the traitor’s actions.
Zaccheus was in the same category as these traitors. He had sold out to the conquering army of Rome and not only sided with them, aided and abetted them, but he volunteered eagerly to be the head of their taxation system that continually drained tribute money from his own people. It is no wonder that he was hated and despised by the Jews.