Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Luke 6:9 NABRE
Jesus in the synagogue sees a man with a disabled hand. The Pharisees, the religious leaders, are watching Jesus to see if He will heal the man, it was the sabbath and they stand ready to accuse Him of breaking the sabbath. It has come to a point where the religious leaders are more concerned with sabbath observance and have degenerated into observing their neighbor as to accuse them. Jesus realizes their hypocrisy and calls the man to Him and asks a question about the sabbath, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than evil, to save life rather than destroy it. Asking the question in this manner, no one would answer to do evil or destroy life. Of course this infuriates the religious leaders but in the moment they could do nothing, the people all support Jesus and the good He does, especially healing the man.
This is a question for Christians today, do we observe our neighbor ready to accuse? Though not a religious questions the new Texas law to have neighbor sue neighbor should they assist in an abortion is what Jesus is working against. Christians are often very vocal about what is right and what is wrong and declaring they know the truth. Even if these Christians are one hundred percent right, their approach is contrary to their Master, Jesus, who is against this hypocrisy when it is levied at Him and is against it today. Christians are called to lift their neighbor not accuse them. Love requires compassion and giving, not accusations and denunciation. If we act like Jesus we will attract more followers. If we act like judges we lose followers and condemn ourselves to our own judgement.
Do you accuse others? Are you able it help others?Christians are called to lift their neighbor not accuse them. Love demands compassion and giving, not accusations and denunciation. If we act like Jesus we will attract more followers. If we act like judges we lose followers and judge ourselves. Click To Tweet
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