Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man spoke and saw. All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, “This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?”
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.” -Matt 12:22-24
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a wedding for one of my dear childhood friends, and in the process visited a church I had been looking forward to for a while.
During the sermon, Pastor John emphasized the transformation that occurs in the life of a believer. What was at one time a source of pride becomes a source of shame. What was previously esteemed becomes unfit even to mention. The list is long, and may include financial success (greed), past relationships (immorality), desire for independence (selfishness), video games and entertainment (irresponsibility), and so on. It brings me to tears to think of how twisted sin is, and how it distorts our thinking.
How does this relate to the passage from Matthew? The more I consider the fight for truth, the more I realize that there is a supernatural, a spiritual war going on. This isn’t the problem between understanding the differences between prespyterianism and lutheranism. This isn’t about believers discerning proper doctrine. This is about the devil blinding the eyes of unbelievers.
Consider this: How far fallen must we be to call something evil which is good? When it is a bright and beautiful day outside, what kind of temperament would be required to curse the day as miserable? At the furthest extreme, how could someone call the Son of God a minion of the devil? Think about it for a second. They didn’t lack teaching. These were pharisees, and their shortcoming was not that it was not properly explained to them. They were deceived so that they actually believed good to be evil.
As I was considering a few topics upon which to write, I kept coming back to this idea. There is probably no greater reason for my desire to enter into full time ministry than simply that I’ve experienced a transformation and having stepped out of darkness and into the light can see darkness for what it is.
It drives me to tears, but more importantly it drives me to pray. Lord, open the eyes of the world that it might see your good works and praise You.
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