I believe that following the way of Jesus is the best way to live. While many would say they agree with this statement, few grasp the full ramifications of following the example of Jesus. This is because cultural values and Christian values have become indistinguishable for many people. I do not mean that the Christian church is full of moral compromise or worldliness. I mean that the Christ-like values of humility and sacrifice have been replaced by the American values of independence, self-reliance, and pride.
The example of Christ is that of complete and utter self-sacrifice. Jesus gave every bit of himself, every day, to the point of giving His life. He never stood up for His rights. He never demanded justice for Himself. Jesus never spoke of freedom or self-reliance. He never demanded His way. Jesus also never opposed the government of His time. He never spoke against Roman greed, immorality, pagan religion, and violent conquest. He never demanded that politicians tell the truth or that public policy line up with His moral standards. The way of Jesus was humble sacrifice.
What a contrast this is to many Christians of today.
Following Jesus does not mean standing up for what is right. It means living a life of humility, selflessness, and self-sacrifice.