Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Deep Division of Opinion

Friday, September 5, 2014
Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him.  The Pharisees asked the man all about it.  So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.”  Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?”  So there was a deep division of opinion among them.     John 9:13-16 (NLT)
A man, who in his entire life had never seen so much as his own thumbs, was given 20/20 sight by Jesus, and the first words out of the mouth of a religious bystander was criticism for Jesus.  There was no celebration that a blind man had been healed; there was only indignation that a miracle was performed on a holy day. 

It’s hard to miss the irony there.

Some of the Pharisees wanted to defend Jesus’ motives.  At least they recognized a miracle as being from God.  And so the skeptics and seers were off to the debate; divided again; a deep division between sides….again!

Divided Again

Among the things that never change are misunderstanding and division; these are as constant in human relationships as breathing in and out.

Calvinists and Arminians, Republicans and Democrats, Progressives and Conservatives, Georgia Bulldog and Crimson Tide fans – shall there ever be consensus?

Well, of course not!  We’re human beings; we divide ourselves into camps, dig our heels in the sand and debate how many angels can sit on the head of a pin, defending our “side” with the last drop of self-righteous blood in our bodies.

I’ve recently had to confess to the congregations I serve that I join the fight at times.  It’s rather obscene, really. 

I’m talking about Facebook™.  There are these Pharisee – er…Clergy Facebook pages.  
Someone always posts something politically left or right, or religiously progressive or conservative; the next thing you know there are snarky comments slinging-in from both sides.  

It can get pretty foul.

Nothing is ever settled; no one is ever happy; Christ is rarely glorified; and seldom is the blind man ever welcomed.  But we feel better for having vented our spleen in full view of the electronic world.  

We even do it on the Sabbath!

For You, Today
If you’re a “Facebook-er” before you boot up that app, take a moment to ask God for the mind of Christ today.
Whatever conversation you join, make sure you’re holding the blind man’s hand.  Jesus is holding the Pharisee’s hand and wants to bring everybody back to the Father.

It’s ok to heal on the Sabbath…Jesus said so!

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