I noticed today in Luke 6 something that I never noticed before. Jesus had to operate in a world of professional politics. Check this out…
“And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.”
Did you see that? Jesus didn’t necessarily have the wrong answer in their minds. They wanted him to make the biggest mistake in politics. Giving a straight answer to a question. You see, this is a question that the Pharisees had struggled with for centuries. If you can’t work on the Sabbath, then what constitutes work? Jesus was more concerned about what CAN you do on the Sabbath. And that’s where the analogy ends. Politics these days is less about getting things done and more about beating the other side, so we wait for them to give an answer on anything and then use it to divide the country. Anyway, I wish I was as smart as Jesus and didn’t let it get to me, but I’m not. My point is, politics aside…seriously. For good. Forever. On any issue, look into the face of another person and answer them. Don’t watch O’Reilly, Hannity or Limbaugh…as a matter of fact, don’t watch Fox at all. They may have the same position as you on a number of issues, but not for the same reasons. At least I hope. Motives matter. Jesus knew that and knew the motives of the Pharisees, and trust me, he knows the motives of your heart as well as O’Reilly’s.