05/17/19 John 9:1-41; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Proverbs 15:15-17
In Liz and my home town there is a very local & one person (Charles ***) operator TV “station.” While flipping through channels one night we viewed two preachers discussing a very “fine point” of a scripture passage on this station.
Well, in actuality they were not discussing. They were arguing — loudly, red-faced (as near as we could tell) with much finger pointing. In our opinion their theatrics would have driven away anyone looking to understand the scripture or who could have been interested in their church (sadly, one was a church of Christ.)
I was reminded of this episode today when I read John 9 and the response of the healed blind man to the accusations of the Pharisees:
John 9: 24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
No elaborate debate – no argument – only a statement of reality. As we witness sometimes I think, like the healed blind man, simplicity is the best response.
Something like — “I may not fully understand all of the fine points and theological implications but what I do know is that through Christ my life has been changed for the better.”