I am a Jesus pusher!!! “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake” (Matthew 5:10). The Greek word “heneka” is translated “for sake.” It means “for this cause” or “for this reason.” Jesus clearly states why the persecuted one is suffering such treatment. It is because of righteousness. The Greek word “dikaiosune),”translated righteousness, is used both in the Old and New Testaments as the state commanded by God and standing the test of His judgment. In light of this cause, let us examine the “completeness of the cause.” If the underlying cause of persecution is righteousness and is described as “a state commanded by God which stands the test of His judgment,” then the cause is far beyond any activity. You cannot simply eliminate a deed connected to Christian ceremonies that might offend a non-believer. Righteousness is all of the Beatitudes brought together describing the state of righteousness in which the believer dwells. The believer is an individual who is absolutely helpless. He consistently responds to Jesus and experiences God’s nature of meekness. He hungers and thirsts and is constantly being filled with mercy, purity, and peace. What do we call such a person? He is the kingdom of heaven, comforted, inheritor of the earth, filled, one who experiences mercy, one who has a vision of God, a son of God, and again he is the kingdom of heaven. The cause of persecution is not one thing about the Kingdom person, but the complete and whole person. He is merged with Jesus. It isn’t his personality that is not liked it is His connection with Christ. It is not his religious activities that are not appreciated; it is the atmosphere of Jesus, the mind of Christ, or the attitude of God expressed through the believer’s life. It is Jesus seen in and through the Kingdom person. He is a Jesus pusher!!!