We live in a society of political correctness run amuck. Every word spoken or written is dissected multiple ways, and analyzed not only for what was said, but also what could a hidden meaning be behind what was said, or even in some cases, what wasn’t said. There is a story in the Gospel of Mark that I feel could be taken out of political headlines today.
Mark 11:32-33 says, “But if we say ‘from men’-they feared the people, for everyone held John to be a real prophet. So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.” These two verses come in a confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders. They wanted to know on who’s authority was Jesus preaching and performing all of these miracles. He told them that if they answered His question, then He would answer theirs. Jesus’ question was, was John’s baptism from God or from man? The verses above are the response the religious leaders gave. They knew the truth, but they didn’t want to say it because of what it could mean for them.
How sad is it that a group of people were so intent on keeping power that they wouldn’t speak the truth? Yet, we see it happen so often these days, especially in the realm of politics. Rather that admitting that a good idea is a good idea regardless of which party suggested it, both sides shoot down ideas from the other party just because of where the idea came from. We do it as well though. We need to love God enough and love our fellow man enough to speak the truth no matter what. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” When we care more about what people think about us than what God knows about us, we will always measure our words, and wear a mask in front of people hoping they don’t see through us. Sometimes the truth isn’t pretty, and it reflects poorly on us. However, the truth is what it is, and you can’t change it. You can hide it for a while, but the truth will come out, and it will only compound the issues you have. Jesus said in John 8, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth may hurt at first, but only as we admit the truth can true healing come.