Have you noticed, kind Bible readers, that people do not seem to have changed all that much down through the ages. I look around me today at some of the craziness that seems to characterize the social-political world and I wonder where people left their brains. Did they just forget and leave their brain behind when they left their house this morning? It seems like there are many who simply cannot be pleased, no matter what lengths people might go to for them. Like little children, they want EVERYTHING their own way. They don’t want to compromise one iota. They wear very “thin skin” and choose to be easily offended by virtually everything under the sun with which they have the slightest disagreement. Freedom of thought? Forget it! Freedom of speech? Nope! Freedom of the press? Deplatformed! Freedom to disagree? Absolutely NOT! Criticize the government all you want–it’s your right! But criticize the movement–whatever “movement” it might happen to be–and there just might be hell to pay! They are not interested in preserving freedom, or even basic human rights (although that is the cloak they presume to wear whenever it suits them). They are only interested in ONE thing – getting their way! And they are quite prepared to bend the rules and throw “fairness” to the wind if doing so will help get them just a little closer to whatever their ultimate social/political goals really are; or if they can somehow manage to take advantage of others and perhaps get something of value out of them–even if that means destroying someone else in the process. Forget about other people’s rights and well being! And never mind any appreciable level of clear thinking or moral consistency!
One might be tempted to think, “well, this is just a spoiled rotten generation, an anomaly, an outlier as far as civilizations go!” Or perhaps you’re thinking, “America, young nation though she be in terms of historical precedent, is just reaping the fruit of a self-centered “boomer” generation that didn’t know how to instill within their children any kind of meaningful moral compass; resulting in all this rank liberalism and rampant immorality.” And you know what? You might just be right, at least to some degree, if that is what you’re thinking. But listen to what Jesus had to say to the people of His day: “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, “ ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matthew 11:16-19).
Sound familiar? People >>> sigh <<< you just can’t please them, can you? I guess it’s just part of our fallen “human condition.” John lived a life of austerity, fasting, and hardship; while Jesus, in contrast, lived a life of, for the most part, what we would call normalcy–eating, drinking, enjoying people. So, based on his lifestyle, the religious leaders of the day found reason to reject John and his teaching. However, based on His lifestyle, the religious leaders of the day also found reason to reject Jesus and his teaching. Jesus said they are like capricious children.
This, of course, is a description of people in general when they are guided by some social, political, or even religious “agenda” whereby they stand to gain; and that they are determined to stick to regardless of the facts. But it might serve us well to remember that, ultimately, it comes down to the individual… “Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds!” Or as Luke, the historian, recorded it, “Wisdom is vindicated by all her children” (Luke 7:35). Whichever way you report the account, the point Jesus is making comes shining through–those individuals who possess some measure of “wisdom” (i.e. sanity) will bring forth deeds in keeping with reasonable thinking. But those who step beyond the bounds of clear-headed, reasonable thinking–and will not deal honestly with the facts–only end up showing the world how ultimately foolish they really are.
Oh Lord, help me “THINK so as to have SOUND JUDGMENT” (Romans 12:3)!
~ Salty ~