An Offensive Faith

Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus. – John 12:10-11

shalaka-gamage-JawaAnA5Fyo-unsplash

Does your faith offend? If it does, then who is offended? When the chief priests learned that Lazarus had been raised from the dead, they decided to kill him (that, in itself, is humorous … I mean, was it HIS fault that he couldn’t STAY DEAD!). Because of Lazarus’ “life,” a lot of Jews deserted the chief priests and believed in Jesus. His resurrection, his transformation from death to life, was an offense and insult to their power and tradition. It was a typical case of guilt by association. So, in like manner, who is offended by your faith, life, and transformation? Who is offended by your association with Christ?

As with Lazarus, without a word, true faith WILL offend. It will offend the religious and the irreligious. The religious will be offended because true faith makes them uncomfortable. They are convicted by it. We should offend them anyway. The irreligious will be offended because true faith reveals a missing element in their lives and they realize that they are powerless to change. We should not resist offending them as well.

Does your faith offend? By faith, I mean the power of a transformed life? It’s okay if it does, because it should.

Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has. – Martin Luther

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s