They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe John. But do we dare say it was merely human?” For they were afraid of what the people would do, because everyone believed that John was a prophet. So they finally replied, “We don’t know.” (Mark 11:31-33)
Relate: If I were in America I would not be voting for Trump. Since I am not, and do not plan on returning over the next four years, except for maybe an occasional visit, I am not voting, but if I were. The reason I don’t like Trump is because I don’t like his platform. I think his immigration and refugee views are horrendous. I think his leadership style is polarizing and not healthy for a 21’st century head of state. I do not think he has enough respect on a global scale plus his ethnocentrism will do more harm than good with regards to foreign policy. I don’t like Trump’s support for Planned parenthood and his statements against abortion of late strike me as disingenuous. Honestly, I haven’t looked deeply into his economic or educational platforms but for me these are lesser issues. I think the economy is more of a congressional concern and our educational problems are best solved at the state and local level.
Like I said, I wouldn’t be voting for Trump, but these are all seriously legitimate platform concerns. If someone else with different priorities and different views felt there was legitimate reason to vote for him, more power to them. Unfortunately, of late many people who might seem to shamed into not admitting that fact. I hate how the popular social media trend has been to satirize the poor man. Comparisons of him with Hitler, memes of all sorts using unflattering photos to ridicule him, taking soundbytes and turning them into “drunken rants”… seriously, America? Grow up. A politician should win or lose based on the public’s agreement or disagreement with their politics. When success or failure is instead dependent on people’s view of the rants or reactions of others, we all lose.
Since I want to be an equal opportunity offender, I will now swing in a completely different direction and say I am not a fan of the prophet Muhammed. He was a moey grubbing, bandit warlord. He exemplified a backstabbing Machiavellian politician long before the Prince was penned. He had delusions of grandeur and he was a pedophile. Some could say some of these views are nothing more than my personal opinion of the man, but they are all very solidly grounded in historical fact. Unfortunately, very few people would know the basis for these facts simply because very few serious historians are willing to publically take a real look at the man. They are far too afraid of what others might say or do if they did. For the same reason, few sociologists, or professors, or politicians are willing to take a firm stand on Islam as it is interpreted and followed in our modern world. People are far too concerned with other’s opinions to explore and then voice the truth.
React: It is so easy for us to look at what those Pharisees did and voice our criticism, but how often are we doing the same thing? I have given two widespread current examples but how often am I doing the same or similar on a more personal level? How often, when asked a potentially controversial answer have I failed to respond with the full, hard truth for fear of how the questioner might react? When Jesus asked a controversial question to the Pharisees they hedged their bets answering, “We don’t know.” In effect Jesus response was, “If you are unwilling to voice what you believe you will hear nothing from me.” I wonder if God might be saying the same to me today, “If you are unwilling to speak and act on what you know to be true, then do not expect anything from me.” Is my own fear of others inhibiting God’s blessing on my life?
Be my only fear. All too often when I take my eyes off of You and on to others, my fears and concerns soon follow. All too often what I know to be truth tends to get drowned out by the useless nothings driveling from my mouth in a vain attempt to please others whose opinions do not truly matter. Give me the wisdom to see, and then the courage to speak and live out the truth no matter what other reactions to it might be. Be my first and only passion and let everything else flow out of my desire to please You.