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


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

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